February Featured Team - NC United

These 3 United teams from Greensboro NC root back as far as the 1970's. This is the oldest club team in NC and no doubt one of the oldest in USA! The United has played in the Veterans Cup the past 10 years and brings some of the most experienced and talented players out there.

In 2009 both the O55 and O60 United qualified for the final, but Texas took the title. In 2010, the O65 United won their division! Team Manager Kim Bergenser said that after 5 games and winning the tournament championship, all 18 players were healthy.

Bergenser has managed the team since 1985. He has played soccer in South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Belgium and Denmark, where he was born.

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The above two are of the O65 GA/NC United – who won the 2010 O65 Veterans Cup division and all 5 games.

Stand: Left to Right: Carlos Staiti, Carl Zimmitti, Kim Bergenser, John Zonneveld, Bob Mello, Steve Moser, Victor Smith, Lynn Everswick, Claudia Brandigi

Sit: Dietmar Dohring, Sammy Jordak, Jose Reis, Ed Zimmitti, Kurt Skrifvars, Milt White, Wagner Leao, Joao Vicente

Lying down: Larion Godpadze

(Note all 18 players who played 5 games were healthy after playing 5 full games and winning the final.

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O60 NC United - undefeated in 3 games (2 wins 1 tie) at the Veterans Cup 2010:

Standing LR: Al Castillio, Sammy Nasrollahi (manager), Jonathan Young, Guil Romero, Randy McClain, Ken Depasa, Kim Bergenser, Elmar Habermas, Don Kirkendall, Toni DiCicco

Kneeling-LR: Jorge Simmonds, Harper Peterson, Sherman Mehl, Michael Chapas, Patrick Shay, Jose Boyariso. Not pictured; John Smith

(Had they scored 1 more goal, or not tied the match 1-1 they would have gone to the play offs)

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And my O55 NC United 2011 Veterans Cup team - lost in the semi-finals to the eventual winners

Standing LR: Ed Shamshoum, Ralston Moore, Chuck Kennedy, Uwe Hoffmann, Bent Madsen, Jim Turner, Greg Rorke, James Spink, Tim O'Connor

Sitting: LR: Sherman Mehl, Ed Poyo, John Halbur, Jackie Blackmore, Sir Edward Fenimore, Sammy Nasrollahi, Bill Altenpohl, & Moe

Not pictured: John Byford