Charleston adds two newcomers

Charleston Battery News Release -

Friday, February 8, 2008

CHARLESTON, SC -- The Charleston Battery has agreed to terms with two players for the upcoming USL First Division season. Forward Darren Spicer comes to Charleston after spending his rookie season with the Minnesota Thunder. Midfielder Nate Norman was a member of the USL 2 Cleveland City Stars in 2007 but missed the majority of the season through injury; both players are signed pending USSF approval.

Charleston Battery head coach, Mike Anhaeuser,

Spicer joins Battery from Minnesota (Paul Phillips/Competitive Image)“Darren and Nate are two new players for the 2008 season. Darren was with the Minnesota Thunder last year and I was impressed with his ability and strong scoring record particularly at the end of the season. I was interested in Nate after watching him at the MLS combine last January as he showed excellent attacking ability from the wing; like Darren he will bring a new look to our squad as he competes for a position in the team. Both Darren and Nate have the potential to be impact players in our league”

Darren Spicer
Forward Darren Spicer played 17 games for the Minnesota Thunder in 2007 scoring two goals and adding 3 assists. A native of Southern California, Spicer was originally drafted by Chivas USA with the first pick of the second round of the 2006 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.

Spicer, 5-11, 170 lbs., 25yrs., was a four-year starter at Princeton and was named the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year; he graduated from Princeton with a degree in politics.

Nate Norman
Midfielder, Nate Norman, 6-1, 170 lbs., 24 yrs., was a four year starter at Notre Dame. Norman was originally drafted in 2007 by Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire.

A native of Rochester, MI, Norman played in 82 games, with 33 starts, during his Fighting Irish career. Norman compiled 27 points on seven goals and 13 assists. He led the team with seven assists in 2007, while also scoring two goals. Norman was a member of the US U18 and U20 National team.

Carolina Challenge Cup
Tickets for the 2008 edition of the Carolina Challenge Cup are on sale now; fans can purchase tickets for each doubleheader or for the six match series. Tickets for single doubleheaders (includes two games) are priced at $25 Club / Box & $15 bleacher. Series tickets (includes all six games) are also available for $50 Club / Box and $35 Bleacher. The tournament takes place at Blackbaud Stadium March 15, 19 & 22, and features Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, the San Jose Earthquakes and the USL1 Charleston Battery. This is the fifth consecutive year for the Carolina Challenge Cup.

2008 Season Tickets
The Charleston Battery will kick off its 16th season of pro soccer in March 2008; season ticket packages are on sale now starting at $120; to purchase tickets or for more information please call (843) 971-GOAL or visit

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