Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vipers solidify defense

After the season 20 transfer period came and went with not a single signing Greensboro fans started to question owner Chris Fields committment and thriftyness.
Those questions were quickly answered.
Greensboro cemented its weakest area just a few weeks into the season with two key signings.
Defenders Rogelio Paez and Matias Tevez were signed by the Vipers to five year contracts.
Paez, one of the most saught after defenders in the league, signed for a modest $612,000 per season. The former Galway FC defender and Argentinian adds immense star power and talent to the defense.
Tevez, also Argentinian, aso signed a bargain deal of $253,000 per season. Tevez was also a saught after defender who formerly played for Galway, as well as a short stint for the Lexington Lions.
These two deals have Greensboro fans going from booing to ooing.
The Vipers D has gone from being maybe its weakest unit to being undeniably its strongest.
Opposing teams face an uphill battle when attacking the Viper's back line this season.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Greensboro Edges Wilmington

A crowd of 43,176, one of the largest in Greensboro history, watched the Vipers take down Wilmington Storm FC 1-0 in the 2nd of 2 exhibiton matches between the clubs.
Match facts can be found here.
The two in-state rivals have played exhibitions multiple times, and even though they occupy different leagues, are two of the most talented teams in the state.
Farrell O'Reagan netted what proved to be the game winner for the Vipers in the 27th minute.
"I got a good cross my way and put a head to it," said O'Reagan.
The ball found the top corner of the goal, beating Wilmington keeper Blaze Aames.
The game was closely contested the whole way, but niether team could capitalize on opportunities, and both sterling defences were stout.
The two teams plan to schedule more exhibitons, and have mentioned including other prestigious North Carolina based clubs in a North Carolina Champions League of sorts.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Season 19 Wrap Up, Making Up For Lost Time

So, theres a lot to catch up on.
Season 17 is over.
And by the way, so is season 18 and 19.
To give a crash course, Greensboro finished 3rd in season 17, with a total of 92 points and a 29-5-4 record. The Lexington Lions won the league championship with 103 points.
Greensboro's 3rd place finish is the highest in team history. They also notched their highest goal differential ever, outscoring opponents by 94 goals.
The Vipers took a step back in season 18. Greensboro finished in 6th overall with a 25-5-8 record. The team clearly did not perform up to expectations.
Going into season 19 with signicantly less hype than the previous year, the Vipers felt less pressure and played more freely. Throughout an up and down season the team was near the top of the table, and owned an impressive goal differential throughout the year. Even though the team once again finished 6th in the table, it is clear that the Vipers inproved drastically from the previous year. The final goal differential talley had Greensboro outscoring opponents by a margin of 134, the largest in team history, and 2nd in the league for the season. Greensboro also netted over 170 goals, by far the most in team history, as well as 2nd in the league. The offense was not the only reason Greensboro was so succesfull. The Viper's defense was a stingy group who allowed the 2nd lowest amount of goals against in team history.
After season 19 several Greensboro veterans parted ways with the team.
Long time goalkeeper Janiel Veldon retired after spending 9 seasons with the team. He retires, at 34, as the teams all time leader in clean sheets and saves.
Starting midfielder Thomas Quilligan also left the team, after failing to agree to a new contract with the team. Quilligan, 29, spent 9 seasons with Greensboro. Quilligan stated that he wanted to test the free agent market in order to get a better contract. Qulligan was amongst the highest scoring midfielders in the league, and leaves the Vipers as the teams all time leading scorer from the midfield.
Going into season 20 there are several key storylines for the Vipers.
The biggest amongst these storylines may be the teams lack of aggression in the transfer period. The team did not sign any new free agents, nor did they sign any transfers. This dissapointed many fans, who for the first time accused owner Chris Fields of being cheap. The team stated that they went after many top notch free agent players, but simply could not come to terms with any headline players. Replacing Thomas Quilligan could prove to be a challenege for the team. Manuelle Rochi takes his place in the midfield.
Season 20 starts in 2 days with a 11:00 PM home game against BUTTERface FC.
Greensboro will hold a ceremony pregame to retire former keeper Janiel Veldon's number.