New Charleston Battery signing Emilio Ycaza recorded seven goals and six assists for Rio Grande Valley FC over 50 appearances for the club in the past two seasons. | Photo courtesy Christian Inoferio / Rio Grande Valley FC
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Battery announced on Thursday the club had signed midfielder Emilio Ycaza to a multi-year contract, pending league and federation approval. Ycaza is the first new player signing since Ben Pirmann became the club’s Head Coach.
Ycaza, 25, arrives in Charleston after spending the previous two seasons with fellow USL Championship club Rio Grande Valley FC. With the Toros, Ycaza made 50 appearances across all competitions, tallying seven goals and six assists.
“I’m excited to join Charleston, one of the longest-running and most historic clubs in the USL,” said Ycaza. “It was an electric atmosphere experienced when I played here back in September, there was something special about Patriots Point.”
The midfielder was a constant force for RGV last season, leading the team in matches played (35), starts (33), minutes played (2,893) and chances created (44). He also registered an 81.7% passing accuracy rate, 40 tackles won and 160 duels won. Ycaza’s marks in chances created, tackles won and duels won topped those by Battery players in 2022.
Ycaza earned Team of the Week honors for his two-goal performance against San Diego Loyal SC in Week 11. His versatility has seen him deployed across the midfield, primarily in attacking roles, centrally and on both wings.
Pirmann is looking forward to integrating Ycaza into the club.
“Emilio is one the premier midfielders in the USL, he’s shown that in his three seasons that he is trending upward,” said Pirmann. “He’s a courageous leader and a versatile midfielder who can play in advanced roles to contribute to goals. He can also play deeper and help us build the game from the back to break down our opponents.
“Emilio is a top player, as we mentioned, but he is an even better person and teammate. He will do excellent in the Charleston community, both on and off the pitch, to help us achieve our goals and he will be one for the supporters.”