Greenpoint United F.C.
|managed by ZorroCat|
|Full Name||Greenpoint United Football Club|
|Founded||February 29, 2012 (Season 48)|
|Location||New York City, USA|
|updated on: July 23, 2014|
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 and third years by winning their qualifiers. In their fourth and fifth seasons, Greenpoint finished in the top four, and in their sixth season, the Growlers clinched their first Division V title with one game to spare. The club won its second Division V title in its seventh season and earned automatic promotion to Division IV, where they finished third. In eight seasons, the club has never suffered relegation.
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.
For a comprehensive list of match results, see Greenpoint United F.C./Matches
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 before bowing out to Blue_Thunder 3-0.
A few moderate hiccups, including a 3-3 draw on the road in a relegation six-pointer against St. Louis Ambush coupled with an Ambush win over the league leading Young Chemists meant Greenpoint were staring automatic relegation in the face. A pair of 10-0 victories of bot side F.C. Wildlings meant the Growlers were back on track. A surprise 2-2 draw against the Chemists coupled with a 3-0 home victory over Ambush meant the Growlers were safe from auto-relegation with two weeks to spare. The Growlers went on to defeat Band Camp in their qualifier, 7-0.
The Young Chemists promoted automatically from V.254 and were replaced by a bot side, Will Play For Beer. This, in addition to a new side, Boise State F.C. earning promotion from the sixth tier, meant that Greenpoint were almost assured of avoiding automatic relegation fairly early in the season. A 5-0 road victory in Boise in the season's second week made that even more likely.
A stunning 1-0 road win at Terrapin FC in week three put Greenpoint into second place for the first time in club history. Successive wins over Bluesters, Devil Dolphins, and the bot Will Play For Beer kept the Growlers in second up through the halfway point of the season, when they struggled in back-to-back matches against Bree Prancing Ponies, the odds on favorite to promote to IV automatically. Greenpoint bounced back, winning the return fixtures against Bluesters, Devil Dolphins, and Will Play For Beer, and ultimately finished in a surprising second place.
Greenpoint, for the second straight year, advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. Despite leading 2-0 against fourth tier side Golden Hero, the visitors came back to force extra time, before the Growlers were eliminated with a 98th minute golden goal.
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.
In Season 52, the club shield changed to celebrate the club's fifth season: the profile of the warship was changed to gold, the green and grey sections were switched, and a green "V" representing five years was placed in the logo's center. The club will return to their old logo in Season 53.
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 eight seasons to date. 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. In Season 51, Greenpoint debuted an orange and black road kit. The change kit was gold and white in Season 52, light blue and black in Season 53, red and black in Season 54, and orange and white in Season 55.
Season 51 marked Greenpoint United's third and final season of a deal with nearby Brooklyn Brewery as the club's sponsor. The club then signed a long term deal with the shady HyperLuxe hotel chain for Season 52. After three years of sponsorship, HyperLuxe went out of business following Season 54 and Greenpoint announced a three-year sponsorship deal with Chase Bank starting in Season 55.
|Season||Home Colors||Away Colors||Sponsors|
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.
|Last Rebuild||April 16, 2014|
Monitor Park has been Greenpoint United's home field for their entire existence. As of Season 55, its capacity is 40,000.
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.
As of July 23, 2014, there are officially 2,513 members of the club's Green and Grey Army.
Statistics and Records
|1||Luc Buhot||GK||Versailles, France|
|2||Facundo Lemos||WB||Long Beach, California|
|3||雷 (Lei) 齊標 (Qibiao)||WB||Hong Kong|
|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||Simon Quiniou||WB||Clermont-Ferrand, France|
|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|
|14||Chris Manuzzi||IM||San Jose, California|
|15||Mahavir Sharma||W||Berkeley, California|
|17||Slawomir Niemczak||IM||Warsaw, Poland|
|18||Christof "VDHW" Vandenherreweghe||CB||Antwerp, Belgium|
|19||Orn Saemundsson||FW||Kopavogur, Iceland|
|20||Tibor Benedek||CB||Budapest, Hungary|
|21||Emiliano Brunetti||GK||Brescia, Italy|
|22||Bakhtyar Nikraftar||CB||Zahedan, Iran|
|23||Fabrizio Cotta Ramusino||FW||Ancona, Italy|
|25||Phillip Casillas||FW||Oceanside, California|
|27||Emmanuel "Chappy" Chiappe||W||Houston, Texas|
|29||Evan "Shoeless" Mobareki||FW||St. Paul, Minnesota|
|30||Marvin Selby||W||Santa Maria, California|
|99||Kenneth "Thor" Thorsen||GK||Årnes, Norway|
|C||Grzegorz Galka||Coach||Wroclaw, Poland|
- League Championships
- Division V: Season 53, Season 54
- Division VI: Season 48