VANCOUVER, BC - Whitecaps FC 2 head coach Alan Koch has tabbed experienced striker Kyle Greig as the team's captain in advance of their 2016 USL season, the club announced today.
"Kyle is a mature player both on and off the pitch, making him a natural choice to lead our young group," Koch said. "He is a true professional and a great role model for the teenagers on our team. The team has given him instant respect because of the way he carries himself and how he rolls his sleeves up in training every single day."
Greig takes over as the second WFC2 captain in team history after Tyler Rosenlund, who led the side in their expansion season last year.
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A 6-foot-2 forward, Greig brings three seasons of USL experience to Whitecaps FC 2, scoring 22 goals and recording four assists in 76 appearances during that time, including playoffs. The Wisconsin native, who at 26 years old is the oldest on the team, spent the past two seasons with Oklahoma City Energy FC. In 2015, Greig was second on the team with seven goals, adding one assist, and earned one USL Player of the Week selection, while helping his side to a second-place finish in the Western Conference.
"It's a tremendous honour to be tasked by the technical staff to help lead the team," Greig said. "My role will be to push the group through the ups and downs of the long season. We have a young team but everyone's professional and we take our jobs seriously. I'm looking forward to the responsibility."
Prior to beginning his professional career, Greig played collegiately at National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school Benedictine College, scoring 43 goals over his four years and earning Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) all-conference honours three times. As a sophomore, he helped the Ravens qualify for the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 1983. In the summers between college seasons, Greig played for Kansas City Brass, scoring 10 goals and recording four assists in three years.
Whitecaps FC open their season with two matches on the road beginning with a visit to Orange County Blues FC at Anteater Stadium on Saturday, March 26 (7 p.m. PT on whitecapsfc2.com). They host Sacramento Republic FC on their home-opener at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday, April 10.
This year, every Tier 1 ‘Caps Club MLS membership includes three open tickets to WFC2 matches. More information on how to select your WFC2 matches will be sent out with your Tier 1 MLS membership packages. All ‘Caps Club Members can upgrade to the full WFC2 season for only $7 per month over 12 months, while Youth can get WFC2 season tickets for $2 per match.
Tier 2 season ticket memberships are also now available, while single match and group tickets will be available in March. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-484-7862.