USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
A veteran of the USL for the past three seasons, Kyle Greig is hoping his move to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 for the 2016 will prove a win-win for both him and his new club.
After scoring 22 goals in 76 games for Wilmington Hammerheads FC and OKC Energy FC, Greig will likely add some punch to a WFC2 attack that struggled to find consistency in its inaugural season, and boost the side’s chances of a playoff place in the Western Conference.
Should the club pull that off, Greig hopes the path to Major League Soccer might open up.
“I’m really just trying to find the right place to put myself out there and get the opportunity to make the jump to MLS,” Greig told AFTN.ca’s Michael McColl recently. “I spoke with [WFC2 Head Coach] Alan [Koch] and this seemed like a good fit for me. It was a good move for me.”
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Greig’s path in the professional ranks hasn’t been a conventional one. A former standout for Benedictine College, a small NAIA school in Kansas, Greig wasn’t necessarily on many radars when he signed with the Hammerheads. After a rookie season that saw him score six goals to lead the club, he made the move to Oklahoma City, where he wrote himself into team history with the first goal in Energy FC history, and finished the club’s inaugural season as its leading scorer with nine goals.
After seven goals and an assist in support of USL Most Valuable Player finalist Danni König in 2015, Greig is now set to be an experienced head in WFC2’s attacking group, which is also set to include Daniel Haber and potentially some of the Whitecaps’ 2016 MLS SuperDraft class in Chris Hellmann and Thomas Sanner.
Not that he’s necessarily used to being considered a veteran.
“Yeah, it is [weird],” Greig told McColl. “I’m 25, so older than a lot of the guys here, so maybe good to bring in a little bit of experience with the league since this team’s only been here for what will be two seasons now. It was kind of strange being considered a USL veteran. I don’t really like that!”