Greenville Triumph USL1

Greenville Triumph Off To Strong Start in USL1

The defending USL League 1 champions Greenville Triumph are off to a strong start this season. The Triumph is 3:0 in the young season and sits top of the division. They were riding high all of last season but were unable to play in the championship game due to COIVID restrictions, and were declared USL1 Champions. This year they want to do it for real.

Richmond Kickers 0:1 Greenville Triumph

The Triumph opened up the season on the road at the City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia against the Richmond Kickers. Despite a number of early chances, the Triumph was unable to score. The best chance of the first half came when Max Hemmings had a free header on the back post only to denied by a great save by the Richmond goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald. Greenville went down to 10 men in the 38th minute when right-back, Cesar Murillo was given a red card for a foul on Kickers midfield player, Jonathan Bolanos.

The Triumph took the lead in the 73rd minute with an own-goal from Luke Pavon off a cross from Lachlan McLean. Pavon handed the Triumph a gift as they did not look like scoring. Richmond could not take advantage of the extra man and force an equalizer. Oalex Anderson came close for the Kickers in the dying seconds but he shanked his left-foot shot wide of the far post. It was not an attractive game, but a hard-earned three-points to get Harke’s men off to a winning start to the season.

Greenville Triumph 4:0 North Texas SC

The defending champs had a dominant win at home over North Texas SC. the Triumph opened the score after just seven minutes with a flick from Marios Lomis after a cross box header from Brandon Fricke. Andrew Booth put the Triumph up 2:0 in the 33rd minute with another great effort from inside the box after a fast break from Abdi Mohamed and an assist from Don Smart.

Lomis made it 3:0 with an outside of the foot shot, again inside the box off an assist from Lachlan McLean. Lachlan McLean got on the score sheet in the 65th minute after a great ball into the box from Tyler Polak. North Texas SC lost the plot after this and had two players sent off within a couple of minutes of each other. Gibran Rayo and Kazu both got their marching orders. Rayo took a Triumph player out when he was out of bounds and Kazu ran onto the field from the substitutes bench. The Triumph look to be the class of the division.

North Carolina FC 1:2 Greenville Triumph

The Greenville Triumph went to 3:0 to cement their lead at the top of USL1 with a win over new boys, North Carolina FC in Cary. Marios Lomis scored from the penalty spot with a side-foot shot down the middle of the goal after Andrew Booth was fouled. North Carolina FC tied the score in the 14th minute with a fantastic individual effort from winger Selmir Miscic. He picked the ball up inside the box, cut it back to the right, and curled the ball into the net with power. Abdi Mohamed nearly made it 2:1 to the Triumph in the 25th minute when he hit the woodwork from 30 yards out.

Andrew Booth hit the post for the Triumph with the right foot curling shot from outside the box in the 54th minute. Lachlan McLean gave Greenville the win in the 65th minute with a flicked header from a cross from Jesus Ibarra. North Carolina FC may be new to USL1 but they have played in NASL and USL Championship. Dave Sarachan served as their manager from 2018 to January 2021 before their move to USL1.

Greenville Triumph 2021 Roster

Goal Keepers

  • Dallas Jaye
  • Paul Christensen

Defenders

  • Will Meja
  • Tyler Polak
  • Cesar Murillo
  • Jacob Goodall
  • Evan Lee
  • Brandon Fricke
  • Abdi Mohamed

Midfielder Players

  • Max Hemmings
  • Aaron Walker
  • JJ Donnelly
  • Andrew Booth
  • Noah Pilato
  • Jesus Ibarra
  • Allen Gavilanes

Forwards

  • Alex Morrell
  • Marios Lomis
  • Don Smart
  • Lachlan Mclean

Coaches

  • John Harkes (Head Coach/Sporting Director)
  • Alex Blackburn (Assistant Coach)
  • Rick Wright (Assistant Coach)
  • Ryan Mckie (High-Performance Coach)

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