In the USA World 67 preseason poll the league coaches predicted the Vipers would remain 7th in the league table. The predicted order of finish placed the Vipers once again behind the "Big 6" clubs -- Jersey Shore, Minnesota, Chelsea, Old Boys, Dallas and Arizona.
Old Boys, who finished 6th but led the league in goal differential last year, were a trendy pick to win it all -- along with defending champ Chelsea and perennial juggernaut Minnesota.
Even though the Vipers were picked 7th, owner Chris Fields knows that the table position likely won't accurately show the team's progression.
"We could finish 7th but be 40 goals better than we were last year," said Fields, "We really like the additions we made in the offseason and our young guys are progressing nicely. We will be a much better team this year, even if the standings don't show it."