March 19, 2014
CHARLESTON - Former Coastal Carolina University men's soccer standout Justin Portillo has signed his first professional contract to play with the Charleston Battery of the USL Pro league.
Portillo joins Pedro Ribeiro, who recently signed with the Philadelphia Union of the MLS, as Chanticleers to ink professional deals this spring.
Portillo's senior season was cut short in the semifinal round of the Big South Tournament as he sustained a shoulder injury. However, despite missing Coastal's final four contests of the campaign, Portillo finished the season ranked 15th in the NCAA with nine assists and 26th in assists per game (0.43). He directed the Chanticleer attack to a No. 2 final NCAA ranking in goals scored (47) and No. 3 rankings in assists (44) and total points (138).
The New Orleans, La., native concluded his Coastal Carolina career as the Chanticleers' all-time leader in matches played with 89 and matches started with 87. He also ranks sixth in the CCU record book with 29 assists. He led Coastal Carolina to a 69-20-4 overall record, including a 33-3-1 mark in Big South Conference play, four NCAA Tournament appearances, five NCAA Tournament wins, three Big South regular season championships and two Big South tournament championships. In addition, he helped Coastal to NCAA Tournament Third Round appearances in both 2012 and 2013. The accurate midfielder directed Coastal to the NCAA team scoring title in 2011 and a second-best showing in goals in both 2012 and 2013. He was also a three-time first team All-Big South honoree and earned NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region recognition in both 2012 and 2013. Furthermore, Portillo was also named NSCAA All-American Scholar as both a junior and senior.
Portillo and the Battery's 2014 campaign officially kicks off on Saturday, March 22, hosting Orlando City at 7:30 p.m. The Battery play all their home games at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.