The Charleston Battery received five players on loan from Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Friday.
Striker Mamadou Diouf and midfielders Aminu Abdallah and Andre Lewis will join the Battery in addition to U-23 striker Marlon Ramirez and U-18 defender Jackson Farmer.
Each player joins the Battery on season-long loans.
"Our partnership with Charleston provides a fantastic opportunity for our young players to progress in their development at a great club," said Carl Robinson, Whitecaps FC head coach. "Each of these players will be given the opportunity to earn regular minutes at a high level, which will only help as they continue in their careers."
Lewis, 19, joined the Whitecaps in January after being selected seventh overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. The Spanish Town, Jamaica native made three appearances with the Whitecaps during the preseason, scoring the game-winner in a friendly against the University of Victoria.
Diouf, 23, will begin his professional career with the Battery after getting selected by the Whitecaps in the second round (30th overall) of the 2014 MLS Draft. The Dakar, Senegal native recorded an assist in his lone appearance with Vancouver during the preseason.
Farmer, 18, joins the Battery after three successful seasons developing in the Whitecaps Residency program. During the current 2013-14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) season, Farmer started all 12 of his appearances with the Whitecaps U-18 Residency squad, contributing offensively with one goal.
Abdallah, 20, joined the Whitecaps in May 2013 after five years with Ghanaian club International Allies FC. The native of Accra, Ghana started 13 of his 14 appearances with Whitecaps reserve team in 2013, scoring one goal and recording one assist.
Ramirez, 19, comes to Charleston after coming to Vancouver in the summer of 2013. The Honduran made four appearances with Whitecaps reserve team last year, while also making two appearances with Whitecaps U-23 in PDL play.
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