Tuesday, March 22, 2011

kicked while down

In the 77th minute of Greensboro FC's March 20th game against FCNT Greensboro midfielder Porter Stookey's career came to an abrupt end. Stookey had the ball, made a move past FCNT defender Lamario Taylor, and was taken down by the beaten defender Taylor. As soon as the tackle was made, it was clear Stookey was never going to play football again. The medical team rushed to the field to stabalize Stookey's left leg, and try to calm the 29 year old middie. Stookey suffered a dislocated kneecap, tearing his ACL, PCL, and MCL, literally snapping his leg laterally. He was immediately taken to the hospital for surgery. Stookey had 33 goals in just over 4 years playing for Greensboro. Greensboro plans to retire his number 22 jersey, as well as honor him at tonights home game vs. Gaming West Virginia. In the words of Greensboro FC Owner/Coach/GM Chris Fields "Stookey was a a great player, and played a priceles roll in turning Greensboro FC from a small startup franchise into a top 8 team. More importantly, Stookey was a model citizen, and dedicated himself to making a difference in the community. It has been an honor to Coach him for the last 4 years. He will always be a part of Greensboro FC." Teammate Aaronjames Sequeba said "Stookey has been a role model and mentor to me for the last 4 years, and it has been an honor to share the pitch with him."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spinker wrapup, NeTex pregame

Greensboro FC defeated The Jersey Shore Spinkers 6-2 on Saturday night. You can find the game stats and summary here. The loss was Jersey Shore's first of the season. Greensboro's victory puts the team at 6-2-2 so far for the season, good enough for 7th in the league table, 1 goal behind Chelsea USA in the goal differential category. Greensboro faces off with FC Northeast Texas sunday night at 11. FCNT is 7-0-3 on the season with a +24 goal differential. They have won their last 3 games, and 6 out of their last 7. Their efforts have gotten them to 5th place in the league table. High scoring strikers Keenan Tims and Dylon Saragosa lead the FCNT attack, with 11 and 9 goals so far this season respectively. The dynamic duo of FCNT will face off with the stingy Greensboro defensive crew that leads the league in fewest goals allowed, only giving up 8 so far this season. Tune in postgame for wrapup and analysis.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Greensboro beats Black M.O.B.

After a poor first half effort Coach Chris Fields lit into his team at halftime. The Vipers players came out of the locker room focused and motivated, and netted 5 unaswered goals in the 2nd half to beat the home Black M.O.B. squad. Ricardo Budel started off the 2nd half with a 46th minute diving header goal, and as the star striker said, it just snowballed from their. Jason Callinan put the 2nd Greensboro goal in during a 70th minute charge, and midfielder River La Rosa headed in the 3rd Greensboro goal of a cross in the 76th minute. After a quick change of possession, Budel recieved a cross and headed in the 4th Vipers goal, Budel's 2nd of the match. Muhammed Wilmot who got the start at forward in place of a tired Juwan Sturgis finished off the 2nd half goal scoring jamboree with an 86th minute header off of a corner piece. The win, Greensboro's 5th of the season, held Greensboro's spot in the league table at 3rd. The club now has an overall record of 5-1-1, and 4-0-0 on the road. Keeper Janiel Veldon only had to come up with 2 saves, and secured his 5th clean sheet of the season. Veldon and a strong Vipers Defense have combined to form a steal curtain of sorts, allowing only 3 goals so far in the season. The Vipers not only lead the league in fewest goals allowed, but the 2nd place team has allowed more than twice as many goals. Greensboro starts off a tough 4 game stretch tomorrow with Chelsea USA visting Greensboro FC Stadium for an 11pm kickoff.

Greensboro at Black M.O.B. Pregame

Greensboro FC kicks off against Black M.O.B. at Black M.O.B. stadium in just under 45 minutes. Greensboro stands tied for 3rd in the league with 13 points and a record of 4-1-1. Greensboro has been excellent on the road this season, with an undefeated 3-0-0 mark. 2 of those road wins are over carRAMROD FC and the Clay Cougars, solid teams to say the least. The home Black M.O.B. side stands at 1-3-2 in their first season participating in the league. Their most notable result was a home tie against a solid Jersey Shore Spinkers side in the first game of the season. Black M.O.B. is currently tied for 15th in the league, and owns a -9 goal differential. If Greensboro wants to avoid the same dissapointing result that the Jersey Shore Spinkers suffered, then the Greensboro Defense must focus on Bradley Mastroeni. Mastroeni, a 25 year old rookie striker, has 3 of his teams 4 goals on the season. If Greensboro's defenders lock down Mastroeni, and the midfield and forwards do what is expected of them, Greensboro should be in good shape to improve to 5-1-1 on the season and 4-0-0 on the road.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tough Loss to Dallas

Greensboro suffered a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Dragons late tuesday night, bringing their record to 4-1-1 overall for the season. Greensboro got outplayed fair and square coach Chris Fields stated. Dallas accumulated more opportunities and shots on goal than Greensboro did, and the consequence was a 2-1 loss. Jason Callinan scored the only goal for Greensboro, which occured in the 6th minute of the game when Callinan took on a few Dallas defenders and blasted one by Dallas keeper Tubrady Reidy. From that point on it was all Dallas. The Dragons netted their first goal in the 43rd minute, went to halftime, and came back out and put another past Janiel Veldon in the 46th minute. The loss drops Greensboro to 3rd in the league, and the Vipers face off against league newcomer Black M.O.B. on wednesday at 11.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Season 16 underway

Season 16 has kicked off in the USA Divison-1 World 67 Soccer league. Defending champion Minnesota Torpedos FC are off to a 3-0-1 start, and looking like a contender early. The Arizona Green Snakes are the only team to win all 4 of their first games, and hold the league lead by 2 points over the Dallas Dragons and Greensboro. Greensboro is off to a hot start, at 3-1-0, with 11 goals for and only 1 conceded. In their first 4 games the club took down notable sides carRAMROD FC and the Clay Cougars. In Greensboro's 1 draw, the Alpharetta Wolves played the Vipers to a 1-1 stalemate. Juwan Strugis and Thomas Quilligan are tied for the team lead in goals, with 3 apiece. Notable signee Jason Callinan is also off to a good start with 2 goals in his first 2 games with the Vipers. Keeper Janiel Veldon is also off to a hot start, only allowing 1 goal so far, by far the best in the league. Greensboro plays league newcomer the New York Kings tonight, then has a showdown with the Dallas Dragons on tuesday, who are tied for 2nd place with Greensboro.