Charleston Battery defender Colin Falvey has played his final match of the year for the team and will miss the 2014 USL PRO playoffs to report to the Kerala Blasters in Kochi, India, this month on loan from the Battery, club officials announced Thursday.
“This has been an unexpected and difficult outcome to what all of us originally believed to be a fairly straight-forward transaction,” said Battery President Andrew Bell. “We're disappointed that it has come to this, but we have elected to honor our agreement with Colin to let him pursue this opportunity.”
The 29-year-old Falvey, a Battery star since 2010, is out of contract heading into the USL PRO offseason. Though he has not ruled out returning to Charleston, he has publicly expressed an interest in trying his luck in Major League Soccer as a free agent. But when Falvey was presented a deal recently that would allow him to play on loan for Kerala Blasters during the winter of 2014, he was excited by the prospect. Falvey has played professionally in Ireland, New Zealand and the United States.
“I was told the loan deal would let me finish out the playoffs here, spend the offseason playing pro in India, and then bring me back in time to join a team in camp next year, whether in Charleston or elsewhere,” Falvey said. “I wouldn't have pursued it otherwise but obviously at this point its turned out not to be the case.”
“We could have blocked it,” Bell said of the loan request. “But after Mike (Anhaeuser, Battery general manager and head coach) and I talked about our options, we decided that we would agree to Colin's wishes. It doesn't always make winning easier, but we prefer to win with an attitude towards our players that will make our fans proud to wear our colors. We certainly wish Colin the best of luck.”
The Charleston Battery takes on Harrisburg City Islanders Friday night at Blackbaud Stadium in the final game of their USL PRO regular season. The Battery has qualified for the league playoffs and will begin post-season play next weekend on the road versus a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
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