Charleston Battery Lands Nathan Dossantos
While Canadian defender Nathan Dossantos had picked up interest from multiple Canadian Premier League sides, the versatile defender has chosen to sign with Charleston Battery instead.
The move keeps the 24-year-old Oakville native in the USL Championship, where he’s made 56 appearances with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds over the last two seasons.
Nathan established himself as a starter for them last season, rotating between left-back and centre-back while helping the side reach playoffs. In the US Open Cup, he also helped Pittsburgh to a clean sheet against eventual MLS champions Columbus Crew in the Round of 16.
We’re told Dossantos was attracted to Charleston for their capability of a deep playoff push, while also working towards his green card: he’s no stranger to the US, having featured for the Seattle Sounders U-23 and FC Florida U-23 squads prior to Orlando City selecting him in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft.
Last season saw Charleston Battery finished third in the east before pushing through all the way to the USL Championship playoff final, where they lost on penalties to Daniel Krutzen’s Phoenix Rising.
Battery head coach Ben Pirmann described Dossantos as a strong and aggressive defender who can help the side build up from the back with confidence.
The Oakville-born defender had started his youth career with Toronto FC, but also spent time with the Woodbridge Strikers and Sigma FC before obtaining his post-secondary education stateside at Duquesne University and, later on, Marshall University.
While it’s not clear which Canadian Premier League sides had put in offers for the versatile defender, it’d be easy to imagine one of them was Forge: the reigning CPL champions sold defender Manjrekar James earlier this year, with Dossantos’ time with Sigma making him well-known to Bobby Smyrniotis.
The Oakville native has firmly established himself as a consistent and reliable performer in the USL Championship, where he looks a good pickup for the Charleston Battery.
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