Fans unable to travel can watch the 46th meeting live online as Ocean City looks to close in on first place
One of the oldest rivalries in the Premier Development League (PDL) will add another chapter on Saturday night when the Ocean City Nor'easters visit Reading United AC. The game will take place at Gurski Stadium in West Lawn, Pa. with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
For fans that are able to make the trip, you can help support a great cause. Saturday night's game is Reading United's Kicks Against Cancer Night. They will be raising money to support cancer research and awareness.
You can watch the game live here:
While the rivalry, which dates back to 1997, will get the attention, this is an opportunity for Ocean City to cut into Reading's lead atop the Mid-Atlantic Division. Entering Saturday's contest, Reading is the division's only undefeated team (6-0-1, 19 points) and the Nor'easters are tied for third place with a 4-2-0 record (12 points). The Storm are seven points behind United, but they also have played one fewer game. A win could really change the race for the division title as Ocean City reached the midpoint of the 2018 PDL season.
The Nor'easters enter the weekend riding a three-game winning streak. After back-to-back shutouts over second-place Long Island (2-0) and Evergreen FC (1-0), Ocean City defeated Lehigh Valley United 4-1 on Thursday. Abdul Mansaray (Wilmington / London, England) led the way with two goals and an assist while Simone Raioli (Grand View / Triuggo, Italy) added a goal and an assist. Todd Morton (Delaware / West Chester, PA) made five saves to pick up his second straight win.
Reading United has been a totally different team since they became a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Union before the 2010 season. They have won two division titles and have finished qualified for the PDL playoffs seven of the last eight years.
The Nor'easters and Reading United are very similar (which likely contributes to the rivalry). Both teams have reached the PDL Semifinals twice but have fallen short in their goal of reaching the league championship game. Also, both teams have had dozens of former players move on to play professionally.
The Reading offense runs through Aaron Molloy. The Penn State Nittany Lion is currently ranked No. 2 on the PDL's Top Prospect list. He leads the team with three goals and three assists. Other top prospects on the list include a pair of defenders, Daniel Krutzen (Albany, No. 7) and Kamal Miller (Syracuse, No. 21) and midfielder Lamine Conte (Louisville, No. 44).
Ocean City has three players ranked in the Top 40: Alec Smir (North Carolina, No. 17), Alex Rose (North Carolina, No. 39), and Fredinho Mompremier (Fairleigh Dickinson, No. 41)