As Dynamo Theory broke down in our article recapping Day 1 of the MLS Superdraft, the Dynamo walked away with three new additions to the team. Those three players are: former Butler University midfielder Zach Steinberger, former UMBC defender Oumar Ballo and former North Carolina Tarheel forward Rob Lovejoy. Now the question for Battery fans becomes, who will make an impact for Charleston in 2015? To that, I give my best educated guess of all three, assuming they be loaned to the Battery.
Zack Steinberger is very well traveled for being only 22 years old. He's played in England, Slovakia, Germany, and of course, all over the US, finishing at Butler. Wherever he played, he displayed the same strength in his game that coach Owen Coyle noticed at the MLS Combine. Coyle described Steinberger as "controlling every game" at the combine. He is a great visionary in the midfield when it comes to distributing the ball. He is an accurate man with the ball at his feet and will push the tempo or slow the ball as needed. If loaned to Charleston, you can expect to see Steinberger determine the pace of the game.
Oumar Ballo is my personal favorite. That's not a knock on either Steinberger or Lovejoy at all, I just personally enjoy athletic defensive players on the pitch the most. He is exactly that. Listed at 6'2'', Ballo anchored a surprisingly staunch defense at the University Of Maryland Baltimore County. They eliminated in-state rival, the Maryland Terrapins, in the NCAA Tournament this past year en route to a Final Four appearance. Over his career with the Retrievers, Ballo was a stalwart in the back line, at one point racking up a 3,316 minute consecutive minutes played streak! If Big O makes his way down to Charleston this campaign, you can expect a great, steady defender who will also impact set pieces with his size and athleticism.
Rob Lovejoy had an injury plagued yet very successful time at North Carolina. He was on the National Championship team of 2011 with the Tar Heels. Lovejoy possesses good pace and ball control as a forward that can also play the wing. In 2015, he will need to show the Dynamo brass that he can stay healthy and show enough to move up a depth chart that becomes a bit deeper with the addition of Erick Torres. Battery fans can expect to see a talented scorer who is battle tested, as he has played deep into the NCAA Tournament multiple times at UNC. You can expect to see him at forward for the most part but also will almost assuredly get work at a midfield spot as well.