Nor'easters' 20th season to feature a former All-PDL selection and a former NAIA All-American
The key to any successful PDL team is a strong core of veteran players. This season, Ocean City will feature seven players on the 2016 roster who have not only exceled at the college level, but have experience in the PDL.
As the 2016 PDL season draws near, the Ocean City Nor’easters are delighted to announce the signings of several talented players. There are a number of new and familiar faces that will be taking the field at Carey Stadium for the club's 20th season with the goals of winning the Mid-Atlantic Division and a PDL championship.
The key to any successful PDL team is a strong core of veteran players. This season, Ocean City will feature seven players on the 2016 roster who have not only excelled at the college level, but have experience in the PDL.
Former Charlotte Eagles forward, Nathan Regis, will join the Nor’easters this season. The Trinidad & Tobago native was a member of the 2015 All-PDL team after leading Charlotte to an undefeated campaign in their first season in the league. He contributed five game-winning goals last year. His great ability to score under pressure will be a great asset for the club. In addition to his excellent play in the PDL last summer, he has enjoyed great success at Pfeiffer University. In three seasons, he has broken several school records including most career goals (61), goals in a single season (32 in 2015), and career points (141).
Dakota Peterson has rejoined the Nor’easters after his spell with the club in 2015. The Drexel University midfielder’s experience in the league can not be matched by any other player. His knowledge of the club and city will make it easy to settle in. In 2015, Peterson started 19 games for Drexel University. He played in the Colorado Rapids academy from 2011-2014 and has been invited to National Training Centers four times for the United States Soccer Federation Academy.
Fraser Colmer will be a vital member of the defense this season after playing with GPS Portland Phoenix last season. Born in Southampton, England, Colmer has witnessed and been a part of soccer for his whole life. He was a member of the Southampton Football Club youth system before attending Radford University. In two seasons at Radford, he has started 40 games. He has contributed to 17 clean sheets in his career as well as adding one goal and 14 assists.
After gaining valuable experience in the Mountain Division of the Western Conference with Real Colorado Foxes, Miguel Jamie makes the move across the country to Ocean City. He plays his college soccer at Florida Gulf Coast University where he has scored two goals and added three assists in 29 games. His ability to read the game from the midfield position will make him a great addition to the club.
Other players joining the Nor’easters with PDL experience include English defender Tim Ogunniyi (Southern California Seahorses), Serbian midfielder Perica Obradovic (Mississippi Brilla), and Ryan Howe (Des Moines Menace).
Obradovic is probably the most well-traveled player on the Nor'easters roster. The Serbia native joins Ocean City from Oklahoma Wesleyan University where he was an NAIA All-American, leading the team to a 20-1-0 record, a conference championship and an appearance in the national tournament. In 22 games, Obradovic scored five goals and was tied for fifth in the country in assists with 16. He was also named a NSCAA Scholar All-American, earning a 3.98 GPA as a Financial Economics major.
Bistol, England native Ogunniyi comes to the Jersey Shore to bolster the Ocean City back line after completing his junior season at Azusa Pacific University in California.
Howe arrives at the Beach House from Loyola University in Chicago, where he has been teammates with former Ocean City goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski. Not only has he been college teammates with Dobrowolski, but they were high school teammates as well. Unfortunately, Howe missed all of last season due to an injury, so the former All-Conference midfielder is anxious to get back on the field with the Nor'easters so he can get ready for his senior season this fall.
After the Nor'easters kick off its 20th season with the inaugural Blue & Orange Game on May 14 and a friendly against D.C. United on May 21, the club begins league play on the road against the Baltimore Bohemians on May 22. The 2016 home opener at Carey Stadium is on Saturday, June 4 against Reading United.
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The Ocean City Nor’easters is a professionally run amateur soccer club with the focus of developing, educating and promoting soccer, health and leadership. Located in Ocean City, New Jersey, “America’s Greatest Family Resort”, the Nor’easters provide quality entertainment to families throughout the Tri-State area and the thousands of visitors every summer.
The Nor’easters organization was established in 1996 and made Carey Stadium, in Ocean City, NJ, its permanent home in 2005. Competing in North America’s top amateur league, Premier Development League (PDL), the Nor’easters provide the highest level of soccer in Southern New Jersey. The 65-team PDL is the 4th level of soccer in the United States, below the professional leagues; Major League Soccer (MLS), North American Soccer League (NASL) and United Soccer League (USL). As part of the PDL, the Nor’easters’ have the sixth-best overall record since joining the league in 2003 and have upset five professional teams in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, third-most of any amateur team in the country. Ocean City players have the ability to compete during the summer months in a professional environment while maintaining their collegiate eligibility and pursuing their academic goals.