Charleston Battery sign Jamaicans Dane Kelly and Evan Taylor | Sports & Recreation
DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Battery have agreed to terms with Jamaican forward Dane Kelly and midfielder Evan Taylor for the upcoming United Soccer League Professional Division (USL PRO) season. Kelly joins the Battery from Jamaican Premiere League (JPL) side Tivoli Gardens, while Taylor arrives from the JPL’s Reno F.C.
Both players participated in recent Carolina Challenge Cup matches versus Major League Soccer teams. Dane Kelly played in the match against Toronto FC, scoring the Battery’s first goal and drawing the penalty that led to the winning goal. He also came off the bench on Saturday night in the 0-0 tie against the Chicago Fire.
“We saw Dane on our recruiting visit to Jamaica and after seeing him play we started negotiations with his club to bring him up as we felt that he was going to be a great prospect and forward for our team in the upcoming season. He is young and has lots of potential,” said Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser.
Taylor has earned 10 caps for the Jamaican national team including World Cup qualifiers versus Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas.
“Evan comes to us via the same the club as O’Brian Woodbine; he is a solid midfielder with a large upside as he has played at a very high level with the Jamaican national team and youth national team,” said Anhaeuser.
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