2007 season in review
Recap of the season with audio highlights

2007 saw a lot of changes to the Ocean City Barons PDL squad. The only thing that didn’t manage to change was their success on the field.

Long-time Ocean City High School head coach Mike Pellegrino took over the Barons coaching duties, and enjoyed a tremendous amount of success with a relatively young team in his inaugural season. The club finished with a 9-3-4 league record which was good for second place in the Mid-Atlantic Division and their third trip to the playoffs in the last four years. Carey Stadium continued to bring the Barons a great home field advantage, as they finished with a 6-1-1 record at The Beach House to improve their all-time regular season home record to 17-3-4. Coach Pellegrino also guided the team to their pinnacle moment of the season with a 1-0 upset of the USL Second Division’s Crystal Palace Baltimore in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

2007 Barons award winners named
Heins, Edwards, Carmichael, Super 20s honored
The Ocean City Barons have announced their season-ending awards for the 2007 campaign. Ryan Heins (Temple Univ. / Medford, NJ), a Barons youth product playing his fifth year with the club, has been named the most valuable player. Goalkeeper Adam Edwards (Bucknell / Downingtown, PA) was the team’s top defender, and the club’s leading scorer Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) was the top offensive player.

The Barons also revealed the award winners for the Super-20 team. Mike Mousaw (MVP), Jim Clementi (Defender of the Year), Stephen McCurdey (Offensive Player of the Year) and Carmen Schiavo (Most Improved) were singled out as the top performers from this past season.

Barons honored at USL AGM
Neil Holloway named executive of the year; club also recognized for excellence in communications

Lee Cohen, Director of PDL Operations (left), hands Barons GM Neil Holloway the league’s Communications award.
Photo by Lisa Perry -
Abundant Life Photography
For the third year in a row, the Ocean City Barons have been honored by the United Soccer Leagues at the league’s annual general meeting.  At the year-end awards banquet, the Barons brought home two awards. General Manager Neil Holloway, who also contributed to the team as a player, was recognized for his work off the field by being named the 2007 Premier Development League (PDL) Executive of the Year. In addition, the club also won the PDL Communications award.

"It was a nice surprise and a great honor to be recognized out of all 63 franchises at the PDL level," said Holloway. "When you receive awards as a player, you tend to thank your teammates, in this case I have to recognize the team of people I have off the field for allowing me to steer the Ocean City Barons in my direction and lead them toward my vision of success."