It was a summer that many Charleston Battery fans would probably like to forget.
The club has been near the bottom of the USL Championship standings since the start of the season, and with less than two months remaining in the regular season, a playoff berth seems unlikely.
There was, however, at least one bright spot for the club, and that was the play of Battery striker Augustine ‘Augi’ Williams.
Williams, 24, is among the USL Championship leading scorers with 13 goals. The Sierra Leonean international is on course to become the club’s first 20-goal scorer at USL Championship level.
Charleston will face Detroit City FC on August 27 at Patriots Point at 8 p.m. The match can be seen on ESPN+.
Williams, in his first season with the Battery, came to the Lowcountry with a reputation for putting the ball in the back of the net. His level of fitness and fearless style inside the penalty box have made him one of the most prolific scorers of the past three seasons in the USL.
“Augi is extremely fit and ready to race,” Charleston Battery coach Conor Casey said. “He’s brought goals and a lot of positivity to the team. For Augi, it’s all about timing and being in the right place at the right time. He understands that there are games where he’s going to have to be patient and waiting for his chance and when he has his chance, he makes the most of it.
Until this season, Williams had spent his entire professional career on the West Coast playing for Major League Soccer affiliates in Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego.
“It’s all about timing, and I felt like the time was right to come to Charleston,” Williams said. “I thought the plan Coach Casey had for me would make him a perfect fit. And I like trying new things. I miss the time and some of the food, but I’m happy to be here.
He burst onto the scene in 2020 with the LA Galaxy II with a breakout campaign that earned him All-League First Team honors. Augustine finished second in the league’s Golden Boot race with 13 goals for Los Dos. He played a crucial role in securing a place for LA in the playoffs, scoring seven goals in their last seven games.
In all, Williams had 37 goals and 11 assists in six seasons in the USL Championship with Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego.
“I have a competitive spirit and doing the right things and working hard is what makes me successful,” Williams said.
On the international stage, Williams made his debut for the Leone Stars last summer in the AFCON qualifier against Benin, where he helped his country qualify for the tournament for the first time in 26 years. The striker was called up to Sierra Leone’s AFCON squad again in January.
“Playing for my country is an honour,” he said.
The Battery have been playing better lately, recording one win, two draws and two narrow losses in their last five games.
While the battery is still mathematically in the hunt for the playoffs, a playoff appearance will be a long shot. With nine games left in the regular season, there’s still plenty to play for, Casey said.
“I want to see a team that is hungry to compete,” Casey said. “We’ve had some good performances lately and we want to keep building on that. It’s about pride and guys showing they want to be in this team and in this league next year.
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