The Charleston Battery has signed veteran defenders John Wilson and Taylor Mueller for the upcoming USL Pro season.
Wilson, 36, enters his 12th season with the Battery, while Mueller returns for his third season.
"John had a fantastic season last year and being able to sign him for another year is very important to our experience in the defense and with the entire team," said Charleston Battery coach Mike Anhaeuser. "Taylor is another experienced defender who has played many games and we look forward to having him to solidify our 2014 back line."
Wilson has played on three of the Battery's four championship teams (2003, 2010 & 2012). The former Clemson All-American has appeared in 246 matches with the Battery (second all-time), totaling 21,501 minutes of action with three goals and adding 11 assists.
Wilson began his pro career with the Charleston Battery in 1999. Wilson joined Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards in 2000. Wilson returned to the Battery in 2001 and spent three seasons with the club including 2003 when he was a member of the A-League championship team.
In 2004, Wilson moved to the Rochester Rhinos then a year later was signed by the MLS' D.C. United. After three years with D.C. United, Wilson rejoined the Battery before the start of the 2008 season and was a member of the Battery team that lost in the 2008 U.S. Open Cup final against D.C. United, 2-1.
Wilson helped the Battery win the 2010 USL2 title and announced his retirement from pro soccer after the game. He quickly reversed his decision prior to the start of the 2011 season.
"As long as I'm healthy and I feel like I can help this club win, I'm going to continue to play," Wilson said during the recent Carolina Challenge Cup.
In 2012, Wilson switched to left-back and played 23 games as the Battery claimed its fourth USL crown.
Wilson was an All-American at Clemson and was named to All-ACC team in 1997 and 1998. Wilson was mainly used as a striker with the Tigers, playing in 57 matches for Clemson, scoring 18 goals and adding 35 assists in his career. Wilson helped Clemson to an ACC Championship, and a No. 1 national ranking and Final Eight NCAA finish in 1998.
Meanwhile, Mueller played 16 games a year ago. He saw action in both a central and wide defensive role. Mueller was a member of the Battery's 2012 USL Pro championship team. Mueller, 26, was a four year starter at the University of Washington where he had two goals in 76 career games.
The Battery's Taylor Mueller heads the ball against the Seattle Sounders's Lamar Neagle at Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday night, February 22, 2014. Wade Spees/Staff×
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