The Charleston Battery signed midfielders Tony Donatelli and Ryan Richter and defender Cody Ellison for the upcoming USL Pro season.
Donatelli joins the Battery after spending the 2011 season with the Rochester Rhinos.
A native of Glenside, Pa., Donatelli signed with Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes in Jan. 2011 but was waived prior to the start of the MLS season.
Richter was the 5th overall pick in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by Philadelphia Union.
Richter was loaned to the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL PRO and made his debut versus the Charleston Battery on June 4 in a game Harrisburg won 1-0.
Richter playing for LaSalle
Defender Cody Ellison joins the Battery for his rookie season. Ellison played for the PDL’s Fresno Fuego in 2011.
“In the midfield, Tony will add experience and knowledge to our squad which will be crucial throughout the season, while Ryan and Cody will add youthful excitement to our wide attacking and central defending unit,” said Battery coach Mike Anhaeuser.
Charleston opens the regular season April 7 at the Richmond Kickers.
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