Tryout was scheduled to take place Saturday, April 11 at the Beach House in Ocean City, N.J.
UPDATE (3/16/20): Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Nor'easters' second open tryout session has been canceled
The Ocean City Nor'easters, one of the top USL League Two soccer clubs in North America, are building a championship team for the 2020 season and are looking for a few good men.
After the high demand of the club's successful open tryout in January, the Nor'easters are making a second tryout session available on April 11 at Carey Stadium ("The Beach House") in Ocean City, N.J. The tryout will run from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
"We had a lot of talented players come out for our tryout in January, but there were a number of players who expressed interest, but were unable to make it, so we thought the best thing to do was to add a second tryout session so we can get a first-hand look at these players from this region and beyond," said Nor'easters general manager Giancarlo Granese Jr. "After a second place finish in the division we are looking to build off of that and make a strong push to get back into the playoffs and win a championship this season."
The Nor'easters will play in their 24th season as a club (18th as a member of USL League Two) in 2020. Out of the more than 70 teams in North America, the Nor'easters have the sixth-best record in USL League Two since 2003, and the seventh-most wins in the history of the league. The Storm also play at one of the best home venues in the country, Carey Stadium. It is nicknamed "The Beach House" because it's located right off the boardwalk, next to the beach, and just a few hundred yards away from the Atlantic Ocean at America's Greatest Family Resort: Ocean City, N.J. The Nor'easters also perform well in front of their fans, owning the fourth-best home record of any team in the league since 2003.
The Nor'easters are expecting to challenge for a league title in 2020 with some of the top players from the region and around the country. A strong performance in the 2020 league season could also lead to a berth in the 2021 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a national tournament where Ocean City has upset six professional teams in club history.
The Nor'easters not only have a strong tradition of team accomplishments, but also with individual players. Since 2003, more than 80 Ocean City players have moved on to play the game professionally in more than 20 countries from around the world. There have been 26 players drafted by Major League Soccer teams, including at least one in each of the last six years, including last year's league MVP Deri Corfe.
"The recruiting process for 2020 is already under way, and we are hoping to add a few players to the roster from this tryout," said Granese. "On top of finding players for our senior team, we will be also looking to build a strong Under-23 and Under-20 team and these tryouts will be a big part of that."
There are also some roster spots that have opened up due to college seniors moving on to play professionally. Players who are interested in trying out should fill out the online form HERE. For any additional questions, please contact the Ocean City Nor'easters team office at (609) 432-8371, or send an email to email@example.com.
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Founded in 1997, the Nor'easters joined the Premier Development League in 2003, and since then have seen more than 80 players move on to play the game professionally, including Tyler Miller of Los Angeles FC, John McCarthy of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Brendan Hines-Ike of KV Kortrijk (Belgium) and Tony Donatelli of the Baltimore Blast. You can see a comprehensive list of #OCN alums currently playing professionally here.