CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Battery introduced on Wednesday the membership had signed ahead Augustine Williams to the 2022 roster, pending league and federation approval. Augustine Williams is prolific goalscorer and 2020 USL Championship All-League selection, the Sierra Leone worldwide joins the membership in advance of the Breeze Airways™ Carolina Challenge Cup after competing at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. “I’m excited to be right here in Charleston and I can’t wait to get to work, the Battery are a incredible membership with a incredible records at the back of it,” stated Williams. “I’m glad to be part of the group now and to make a contribution to creating records with this awesome membership.” The 24-year-antique heads to Charleston after maximum these days competing for fellow Championship membership San Diego Loyal SC on mortgage from the LA Galaxy at the belief of the 2021 season. Williams tallied six dreams, 3 assists and 10 probabilities created in 19 video games with San Diego, supporting lead the facet to its first postseason appearance. On the worldwide stage, Williams debuted with the Leone Stars on June 15, 2021, all through AFCON qualification in opposition to Benin, in which he helped the facet qualify for the match for the primary time in 26 years. The ahead changed into once more referred to as as much as Sierra Leone’s squad for AFCON in January. Williams has made 3 overall appearances for Sierra Leone and believes his reports with the country wide group have helped refine him for his 2022 marketing campaign. “Being on the Africa Cup of Nations changed into an awesome feeling and some thing I’ll cherish for the relaxation of my life,” stated Williams. “It has fashioned me right into a unique player, mentally and physically. Being there and mastering the whole lot I did, I trust all of it has helped lots in making ready me for a a success USL Championship season.” Williams joined the expert ranks in 2016 withinside the Championship with the Portland Timbers 2, however years in the past had a breakout marketing campaign for the LA Galaxy II as he recorded thirteen dreams to complete 2d at the race for the league’s Golden Boot. The overall performance noticed him earn Championship All-League First Team honors, and signal with the Galaxy in advance of the 2021 season. Williams made seven appearances for LA at the pinnacle flight earlier than becoming a member of SD Loyal on mortgage. “Augustine is someone we’ve had our eye on from day one, he is had a variety of achievement to date in his career, scoring a variety of dreams in a variety of unique ways,” stated Battery Head Coach Conor Casey. “In addition to being a strong player, he’s additionally a first-rate person. He goes to be a incredible chief at the locker room with all of the traits and attributes he possesses.” Williams had formerly recorded eleven dreams throughout all competitions for T2 throughout 3 seasons on the membership. He additionally made his Portland Timbers debut at the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in opposition to Seattle Sounders FC in 2017, scoring their lone purpose at the match. The ahead has registered 37 dreams and eleven assists in one hundred thirty ordinary season appearances throughout six seasons at the USL Championship with Portland, LA and San Diego.