Charleston Battery captain Colin Falvey has been named USL Pro Defender of the Year.
Falvey helped lead Charleston to the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and to the semifinals of the USL Pro playoffs.
“Obviously, I’m very proud and honored to win this award,” Falvey said. “It’s always nice to win an individual award, but I would trade it for another shot at a cup final. It would not have been possible without the support of my family, the Battery fans and the great staff we have at this club.”
Falvey marshaled a Battery defense that allowed just 29 goals all season including just 12 goals in 16 games at Blackbaud Stadium .
Falvey was named the team’s most valuable player. He appeared in every game of the season, missing just 34 minutes of action, while also scoring a career-high three goals and adding an assist. Falvey scored the game-winning goal in the Battery’s victory against Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
“I think Colin winning Defender of the Year is a very well deserved award,” said Charleston Battery coach Mike Anheauser. “He has worked very hard for the club and his teammates. It is nice to see him recognized for all of his effort and hard work this season.”
A native of Cork, Ireland, Falvey has played the Charleston Battery for four years and has been team aptain for the past two seasons. Falvey’s career totals now include 104 games played with five goals and three assists. Falvey has won two USL championships with the Battery (2010, 2012).
Falvey, who has one year remaining on his contract with the Battery, could get a look from Major League Soccer. Falvey played in a reserve game for the MLS’ Vancouver Whitecaps developmental team.
“That’s the goal, to get to the MLS,” Falvey said. “I’m going to wait and see what happens.”
Falvey previously played professionally for New Zealand’s YoungHeart Manawatu, Cobh Ramblers and Kilkenny City in the League of Ireland and in the United States with the Wilmington Hammerheads.