Charleston, South Carolina – The Charleston Battery announced Tuesday that the club has signed New Zealand international Declan Wynn to a multi-year deal ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. This transaction is pending league and federation approval.
The 27-year-old defender has extensive experience at club and international level, having previously played in Major League Soccer for Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Colorado Rapids, and USL Championship clubs OKC Energy FC and Detroit City FC. bring it to the battery. Wynn is also now a member of the New Zealand men’s national team, most recently he was called up for his two international matches against Australia in September.
“What attracted me to signing with Battery was, of course, the club’s history and past success, and the way Pillman wanted to play an attacking brand of football,” Wynn said. I look forward to working with my new teammates and coaching staff to create a historic 2023 season that I will be proud of when it is over.”
Wynn played a pivotal role in Detroit City’s advance to the 2022 USL Championship Playoffs last season, starting 36 games and posting 3 goals and 8 assists in all competitions. His 2,940 minutes played in the league are the most by an outfielder in his rouge and have shown his versatility playing both as a left back and left midfielder during the season. .
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, and having moved to New Zealand with his family as a teenager, Wynn made his senior international debut on 14 November 2014 at the age of 19, assisting New Zealand in a 1-1 draw against China. .
Wynn has qualified for the World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup, has been capped 16 times for New Zealand’s senior team, and has two assists.
Battery head coach Ben Pillman is overjoyed to bring in the hard-working Wynn.
“Declan is one of the best left-backs in the entire USL,” Pillman said. “He had a great season in Detroit last year, contributing double-digit goal involvement and leading them to the playoffs. He was also a consistent wide-area lockdown defender.
In addition, Declan is a great footballer with great quickness, agility and stamina, making him the perfect model for a modern full-back. He goes up and down the left channel on our aggressive system. Battery supporters will enjoy watching Declan team up with his teammates to battle every minute of this season. ”