Friday, January 15, 2016

What does the Charleston Battery affiliation mean for Atlanta United?

So, Atlanta United has signed an affiliation deal with the USL's Charleston Battery for the 2016 season.

This will be the first time an MLS team has affiliated a USL team before entering the league. Or something like that.

So this one year deal is for 2016. What does that mean for 2017?

We don't know yet. Charleston has been in deals with other MLS teams before, including one year deals before geography and/or the MLS team fielding their own squad caused those affiliations to lapse.

Both #ATLUTD and the Battery have been quiet on plans for 2017 but don't be surprised if down the road Atlanta has a local USL squad.

Does Atlanta United have access to and make decisions on the Charleston Battery roster?

“The affiliation gives us the opportunity to sign players in 2016 and develop them in a high-level, professional environment while adding value to the Battery’s existing roster," said Atlanta United president Darren Eales.

So, yeah. We may see some faces that make the inaugural Atlanta United roster in Charleston in 2016.

Can they compete in Open Cup?

Inspiration for uniforms?

Who's going to be on the 2016 Charleston Battery roster?

Only two players are currently listed on their site: Justin Portillo and Shawn Ferguson.

Maybe the Atlanta United staff at the MLS Combine spotted some undrafted talent. 

What else should I know?