Charleston, SC. - The U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams of South Carolina United FC will play under the banner of South Carolina United Battery commencing with the 2011-12 season. As part of the new sponsorship, South Carolina United Battery will compete in Charleston Battery colors, wearing the Battery’s distinctive yellow & black striped custom UMBRO jerseys. The South Carolina United FC badge will appear on the jerseys in conjunction with the Charleston Battery crest.
“We are proud supporters of all levels of youth soccer in South Carolina and are pleased to be able to assist with our state’s elite teams,” said Charleston Battery president Andrew Bell. “South Carolina United DA has done an excellent job of identifying the best young players in South Carolina and we look forward to assisting them as the program continues to grow.”
South Carolina United DA teams donned the Charleston Battery jerseys this past March in the inaugural 2011 Carolina Challenge Academy Cup that featured Chicago Fire, Toronto FC and North Meck academies.
Formed in 1993 the Charleston Battery is the only professional soccer Club in South Carolina and plays at Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island the first privately-financed soccer specific stadium in the U.S.
The Battery competes in the USL PRO league and has won USL championships on three occasions (1996, 2003 & 2010). Each year the Battery also hosts the Carolina Challenge Cup featuring three MLS teams in a week-long round-robin pre-season tournament.
South Carolina United Development Academy Executive Director Clark Brisson states, “This is a natural progression in our player development pyramid and gives our Academy players another realistic goal to shoot for, by getting a call up to a professional team.”
“The relationship has already paid dividends as four players have been called into training with the Battery and one player, Nico Rittmeyer appeared in several Battery pre-season games.”