Harrisburg City Islanders vs. Charleston Battery
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Blackbaud Stadium
The next time Charleston Battery captain Colin Favley plays in a soccer match it'll be on a different continent.
Falvey, the veteran Battery defender, has been loaned to the Kerala Blasters in Kochi, India, and has played in his final match of the season for the Lowcountry club.
Falvey's sudden departure will mean the Cork, Ireland, native will miss Friday's match against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Blackbaud Stadium (7:30 p.m.) and more importantly, the upcoming USL Pro playoffs.
"The timing is definitely unfortunate," Falvey said Thursday. "It's a result of a misunderstanding between myself, the Battery and the club in India. I was told the loan deal would let me finish out the playoffs here. I wouldn't have pursued it otherwise, but obviously at this point it's turned out not to be the case."
Falvey spent most of Thursday's training session saying goodbye to his Battery teammates. It was a bittersweet moment for the 29-year-old defender that has helped lead the club to two USL championships.
"Obviously, I have mixed emotions about leaving the Battery," Falvey said. "The club has been fantastic to me since my first season. I'm grateful for everything they've done for me, but at the same time I'm excited about this opportunity to play in India against some big-time competition. The Battery has handled the situation extremely well. They've been very professional about it."
Charleston Battery president Andrew Bell said the club could have blocked the loan, but after talking with general manager/head coach Mike Anhaeuser throughout the week, decided not stand in Falvey's way.
"We could have forced Colin to stay here and play out the season," Bell said. "But after Mike and I talked about our options, we decided that we would agree to Colin's wishes. It doesn't always make winning easier. This has been an unexpected and difficult outcome to what all of us originally believed to be a fairly straightforward transaction."
Falvey joined the Battery in 2010 and helped lead the club to USL titles in 2010 and 2012. Favley has been a mainstay in the Battery's defense, earning more than 100 starts in his five seasons in Charleston.
Always a threat to move forward on set pieces, Falvey has three goals in 23 USL Pro matches this season.
"We're going to treat Colin's absence like an injury," Anhaeuser said. "I think that's the way you have to treat it. We're going to miss Colin's leadership and defensive play in the back, but now we're going to need someone else to step up and fill his spot."
Taylor Mueller and Shawn Ferguson are expected to fill the void left by Falvey. The two have combined to appear in 44 matches this season.
"Taylor and Shawn have seen plenty of game action this season," Anhaeuser said.
Unless Falvey signs with a Major League Soccer team next spring, he expects to be back in a Battery uniform in 2015.
"Hopefully, this isn't my last game in Charleston," said Falvey, who has played professionally in Ireland, New Zealand and the United States. "I still have a dream of playing in the MLS, but if that doesn't work out I'd like to be back with the Battery."
The Battery has qualified for the USL Pro playoffs and will begin post-season play next weekend on the road against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
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