Wilmington Hammerheads FC is set to host the Charleston Battery at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26 as they look to continue their unbeaten streak at Legion Stadium this season.
The Hammerheads enter their fifth match of the regular season following an early bye week in the schedule. Wilmington took a solid 3-0 victory over New York Red Bulls II two weeks ago on the road at Red Bull Arena. Forward Nick Zimmerman tallied two goals for the Hammerheads, earning USL Team of the Week honors alongside goalkeeper Andre Rawls, who notched 10 saves during his debut with the club. New York City FC loanee Andres Mendoza scored the third goal of the match to secure the win.
“Sunday is an important early-season game,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC Technical Director and Head Coach Carson Porter. “There is no hiding that a win puts us at the top of the table where we think we belong and a loss puts us behind, fighting to catch up. Training has been sharp, the attitude of the players is right, and we are excited to go after the three points.”
Charleston travels to Wilmington for the first of four meetings between the two clubs this season. The Battery has made public that five players are currently injured, but could be listed on the active roster for Sunday’s match depending on the severity of the injuries.
Wilmington also announced the addition of Spanish defender Fran Martinez to its 2015 USL roster this week.
The left-footed center back spent preseason with the club’s Major League Soccer affiliate New York City FC following his time with Real Murcia, a Spanish club of the Second Division B.
“At 19 years old, Fran Martinez is another representation of a shift within our club toward the development of players and helping them reach success both within our club and beyond,” said Hammerheads Coach Carson Porter. “He is young and has a lot to learn, but we are very confident that our culture, our style of play, and the experiences he will gain here will help both our club and his personal development.”
Martinez has been signed to a professional contract and began training with the club last week .