Hometown: Bainbridge Township, Ohio
College: Indiana University
Schmidt enters his first season with the Black and Yellow after a standout collegiate career with the Indiana Hoosiers.
The 23-year-old midfielder signed with the Battery following a successful spell as a trialist during the 2022 Breeze Airways™ Carolina Challenge Cup. He appeared in all three of the Battery’s CCC22 matches and was among a select group to play for 60 minutes in the match against Inter Miami CF. Schmidt started the game against the Columbus Crew to round out the tournament.
Schmidt is a product of Indiana University where he won three consecutive Big Ten doubles (regular season and conference tournament title in the same year) with the Hoosiers from 2018 to 2020-21. During the 2020-21 campaign, Schmidt tied for the second-most assists on the team, with one assist coming in the conference tournament championship victory over Penn State.
The Ohio native helped Indiana make runs to the NCAA College Cup in 2018 and 2020-21, ending the latter as national runner-up after advancing to the National Championship Game. He additionally captained the Hoosiers his senior year.
Schmidt is an adaptable player who is able to be positioned around the midfield and on the back line. Battery Head Coach Conor Casey looks forward to what Joe will add to the unit.
Prior to joining the Hoosiers, Schmidt was ranked a top-150 recruit in the country and ranked the seventh-best player in the Great Lakes Region by Top Drawer Soccer coming out of high school. Schmidt was also a member of the U14 and U15 U.S. youth national teams.