Greenpoint United F.C.
|Greenpoint United (223196)|
|managed by zorrocat|
|Full Name||Greenpoint United Football Club|
|Founded||February 29, 2012 (Season 48)|
|Location||New York City, USA|
|Coach||Liu Fu Eng|
|updated on: October 16, 2012|
Greenpoint United Football Club is a Hattrick team located in Brooklyn, in the New York City region of the United States. Founded in Week 2 of Season 48, the Growlers won a Division VI series title and promotion qualifier in their inaugural season, then successfully avoided relegation from Division V in their second year, finishing 6th and winning their demotion qualifier. They are currently attempting to survive a second consecutive season in America's fifth tier.
The club plays their home games at Monitor Park, named after the USS Monitor warship, whose hull was built in Greenpoint. The ship was launched from the Greenpoint waterfront on January 30, 1862 at the site where the stadium sits today.
In February of 2012, an informal club of players in Greenpoint, Brooklyn began searching for an ownership group so that they may begin playing matches professionally in the Hattrick system. By the end of the month, the rights to the group was purchased by ZorroCat Holdings, LLC; this was the first necessary step in the club's genesis. Now with an owner, the club simply had to combine with an abandoned club already in the Hattrick system to begin playing matches. On Leap Day, February 29, ZorroCat Holdings announced it had merged with the California based bot club Vazquez19, playing in series VI.495. The bot club was transferred to the ownership group and Greenpoint United (so named due to the combining of the informal club and the bot club) officially joined the Hattrick system. As per Hattrick rules, the bot players on the Vazquez19 squad did not make the transfer.
That night, Monitor Park hosted it's first official Hattrick match, a friendly between Greenpoint United and also newly formed Rom's Ruffians. Despite leading 2-0 early, the Growlers collapsed and lost 4-3. The Growlers soon lost their very first league match as well, 2-1, to Xolotowers.
It looked like Greenpoint was destined for another season in VI.495 after two wins and another road loss to league leading River Valley left them at 2-2 on the year (plus a win from Vazquez19's week one match.) However, luck with on Greenpoint's side. River Valley went bot after week seven and Xolotowers went ownerless after week eight. From this point forward, Greenpoint rattled off a nine game winning streak in the league to end the regular season, keeping nine clean sheets in the process, and outscoring their opponents 63-0. The Growlers finished with 36 points, enough for a first place tie, allowing them to clinch the title on goal difference and earn a promotion qualifier.
Greenpoint did not expect to perform well in the qualifier, against St. Louis Bombers, and indeed, the home side scored first in the 21st minute. This goal snapped Greenpoint's streak of 850 competitive minutes without a goal against. The Growlers, however, were level just 11 minutes later. After 90 minutes, the match was still 1-1, bringing about extra time, during which Joffre Silver banged in a free kick from 25 yards out to give Greenpoint the shock 2-1 victory and promotion to the fifth tier after the club's first season.
The Growlers opened Season 49 with their first ever cup tie under current ownership, resulting in an 8-0 victory over the bot Loco Soccer. Joffre Silver added another huge goal to his career at the following weekend, scoring the equalizer against Bluesters United in a 2-2 draw that saw Greenpoint open life in Division V with a point.
From there, however, Greenpoint crashed out of the second round of the cup, then picked up just one win from the following eight matches, making automatic relegation look like a near certainty. That is, until a surprise 1-0 home victory against West Lafayette Griffins gave the Growlers a glimmer of hope and a bump up to sixth in the table. A road loss in a relegation six-pointer the following week set Greenpoint back a bit, but at that stage in the season, all the Growlers needed to secure sixth was a win against Bergenfield Fire in Week 13 and for the rest of the matches to that point to go according to plan.
Luck was on Greenpoint's side in many ways. The other matches did indeed avoid the Hattrick Random Factor and go according to plan. The Growlers did get that victory over Bergenfield, 2-0, to lock up sixth place with a week to play. And, in their qualifier, they were paired against a Division VI side that had just started, GI Islanders. Greenpoint won easily, 7-0, to secure a second consecutive season in V.254.
Greenpoint United entered Season 50 with their goal the same as in Season 49; to avoid relegation. To that end, their 2-0 opening week victory over West Lafayette, on the road, provided a massive amount of hope. The existence of a bot in the series has helped matters as well. In addition, the club advanced to Round 3 of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time in the club's history.
Unveiled during the course of the club's inaugural season, the Greenpoint United crest is a shield which features a profile outline of the USS Monitor warship in the top portion and the club's full name in the bottom portion.
The original shield did not contain the entire club's name, but merely said "G.U.F.C." This was changed to a logo featuring the full name for the end of Season 48. In Season 49, the font on the logo was changed to its current incarnation.
Since its February 2012 formation, Greenpoint United's official colors have been green and grey. They have worn a home kit with green as the base color plus three vertical grey stripes in each of the club's three seasons to date, the current incarnation of which is pictured to the left. The home shorts have always been grey; the home socks have always been green.
The club's road kit in Season 48 featured three blue chevrons on a yellow jersey. In Season 49, the club switched the road kit to match the same stripes pattern as the home uniform. That year, the club's change kit featured a red base with three white stripes. On that kit, the shorts were white and the socks were red. In Season 50, the club maintained the stripes on the road kit, but reverted to the yellow base jersey with blue stripes, shown to the right.
As of Season 50, Greenpoint United is in the second season of a three season deal with nearby Brooklyn Brewery as the club's sponsor.
Despite being owned by a corporation named ZorroCat Holdings, Greenpoint United's mascot is not a cat at all. Since the club's formation, the club's anthropomorphic mascot has been a West Highland White Terrier dog named Drunkles.
Drunkles wears a green and grey home kit with his name and the jersey number 88 on the back. He stumbles around Monitor Park with a growler of Brooklyn Brewery beer in his hand.
Despite the objections of local parents, children still seem to love Drunkles because he's a giant puppy and they don't know any better.
|Monitor Park (223196)|
|Last Rebuild||September 27, 2012|
Monitor Park has been Greenpoint United's home field for their entire existence. On the banks of the East River at the Bushwick Inlet in the neighborhood of Greenpoint, Monitor Park sits on the exact site where the USS Monitor was launched in 1862. The stadium features beautiful views of Midtown Manhattan and the Empire State Building from its location on the banks of the East River.
Outside of the stadium's entrance sits a bronze model of the USS Monitor ship, honoring those who fought in the Civil War.
In terms of subway travel to the stadium, it is a 10 minute walk from the G train at Nassau Avenue and a 15 minute walk from the L train at Bedford Avenue.
All time in competitive matches at home, Greenpoint has a record of 10 wins, 5 losses, and 1 draw.
As of October 16, 2012, there are officially 1,134 members of the club's Green and Grey Army.
|1||Jens Massner||GK||Winterthur, Switzerland|
|2||Jacobo Esperon||WB||Corpus Christi, Texas|
|3||Philip Zhu||CB||San Diego, California|
|4||Gert "The Hurt" Hardy||IM||Hanover, Germany|
|5||Imre Medvegy||CB||Miskolc, Hungary|
|6||Trevor "Cookies" Marzullo||CB||Boston, Massachusetts|
|7||Matteo Lima||IM||Genoa, Italy|
|8||Said Slaoui||IM||Madrid, Spain|
|9||Jack Baumgardt-Wellander||FW||Tenafly, New Jersey|
|10||Anthony Baron||W||Brooklyn, New York|
|11||Joffre Silver||W||Las Cruces, New Mexico|
|12||Gyde Boldewijn||IM||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|15||Mahavir Sharma||W||Berkeley, California|
|16||Gunter Morrien||FW||Stuttgart, Germany|
|17||Slawomir Niemczak||IM||Warsaw, Poland|
|18||Christof "VDHW" Vandenherreweghe||CB||Antwerp, Belgium|
|19||Orn Saemundsson||FW||Kopavogur, Iceland|
|20||Anthony Bassoricci||CB||Perugia, Italy|
|21||Emiliano Brunetti||GK||Brescia, Italy|
|22||Viktor Uharcek||CB||Trencin, Slovakia|
|26||Pierre Scheuzger||WB||St. Gallen, Switzerland|
|66||Grzegorz Galka||W||Wroclaw, Poland|
|90||Bruno Douksas||IM||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|C||Liu Fu Eng||Coach||Ipoh, Malaysia|