Battery adds Donatelli, Richter and Ellison

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.

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Tony Donatelli

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.

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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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Orlando beats Battery, 1-0.

I couldn't find a result on the Battery's website from tonight's game.

Sounds like another typical match from the Battery. Solid defense, no offense.

I got this off of the USL website from Orlando City:

Orlando City, already assured a playoff berth, earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory against USL PRO American Division rival the Charleston Battery on Wednesday night to pull within a point of assuring home-field advantage in the opening round of the USL PRO playoffs. Jamie Watson scored the lone goal to lead the Lions to victory.

Like Orlando’s previous two bouts with the Battery, the match was physical from the very start. Both sides felt each other out in the opening minutes, looking for the opportunity to break the game open. Just past the quarter-hour mark, Orlando seized its chance.

In the 16th minute Lions midfielder Kevin Molino broke past the Battery back line and moved Charleston’s defense to the right side of the goal, leaving open a big gap behind the Battery’s backline. Molino found a streaking Jamie Watson in that gap, hitting him in stride, allowing Watson to blast the ball in for his fourth goal of the season.

Watson took some extra time after the goal to celebrate as he was overcome with emotion.

“It was my first goal in a long time,” said Watson. “It was just one of those moments where I had to take it all in.”

Charleston continued to lack offensive firepower after halftime, turning to Brandon Massie and Dane Kelly in the 60th minute to provide fresh legs for the Battery. The Orlando defense held their own against the Battery attack, keeping the Charleston substitutes from making any impact on the game. Orlando went on to shut out the Battery in the second half to secure the win and the clean sheet.

“We played a solid game tonight,” said Orlando coach Adrian Heath. “I felt like we missed on too many opportunities, but we were the better team and deserved the win.”