Battery’s Griffith Called Up By Antigua And Barbuda
Battery fullback and midfielder Quinton Griffith has returned to his native Antigua and Barbuda for service on the country’s national team as it hosts a group stage in the 2014 Caribbean Cup this week.
The call-up is Griffith’s first since 2012, when the tiny island nation made it through the first CONCACAF group qualifying stage, only to fall in the second stage despite a series of competitive performances that caught the attention of footballers around the world.
The national team has been on hiatus since December 2012, making this Griffith’s first call-up as a Battery player.
The 22-year-old native of St. John’s, Antigua, has been capped in 28 FIFA-sanctioned matches, with four goals for his national team.
Griffith has figured primarily as a left midfielder for Antigua, which will host Anguilla on Wednesday at Antigua Recreation Grounds in his home town of St. John’s. On Friday the team takes on Dominican Republic before closing out the group with a match against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Sunday.
Griffith joined the Battery in 2013 after two seasons in USL PRO with Antigua Barracuda FC. A versatile two-footed athlete with legitimate speed and power, Griffith began his career in Charleston as a midfielder but has been transitioning to defense for most of 2014. Though he has played at both outside midfield positions and left back, Griffith emerged this year as a Battery stalwart at right back for Coach Mike Anhaeuser.
Griffith will miss Friday’s match against Harrisburg. Charleston qualified for the playoffs last weekend, but the final preseason match remains significant as the team jockeys for seeding advantage.
“The timing’s not great,” Anhaeuser said. “But it’s a fantastic opportunity for him to help Antigua move on to the second round of the Caribbean Cup.”
Griffith will return to Charleston by Sept. 9, and is expected to be available for the team’s match in the first round of the USL PRO playoffs.
With John Wilson anticipated as Friday’s starter at left back on Friday, Anhaeuser will have multiple options as a fill-in for Griffith on the right, including Emmanuel Adjetey and veteran defender Taylor Mueller.
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