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Register today: Ocean City Nor'easters announce open tryouts for 2018 season

Tryout is scheduled for Jan. 6 at Carey Stadium in Ocean City, N.J.

The Ocean City Nor'easters, one of the top Premier Development League (PDL) soccer clubs in North America, are building a championship team for the 2018 season and are looking for a few good men.

The Nor'easters will host an open tryout session at Carey Stadium ("The Beach House") in Ocean City, N.J. on Jan. 6. The tryout will take place from 12 - 3 p.m.

Out of the more than 70 teams in North America, the Nor'easters have the sixth-best record in the PDL since 2003 and will challenge for a league title in 2018. The club is also expected to be a part of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a tournament where Ocean City has five professional team upsets on its resume. Second-year head coach John Thompson is looking for fresh talent to continue to grow the club's national reputation.

The Nor'easters are looking to fill roster spots for the 2018 PDL team, as well as the Under-23 and Under-20 teams.

"We are looking to bring in some players to help our 2018 team take the next step toward a championship," said Nor'easters general manager Giancarlo Granese Jr. "In 2017, we had a better record than the previous year's team that won the Eastern Conference championship, but due to a change in playoff format, we fell short of qualifying for the postseason. We are looking to take that next step and make it back into the playoffs this upcoming summer and bring the PDL trophy home to Ocean City. Over the past few years, our tryouts have always provided us with great talent. We look forward to all those who will attend this upcoming tryout and hope to find players that will help our team continue to be one of the best in North America."

The Nor'easters are hoping that the timing of the tryout will allow more players to attend.

"We will be holding the tryouts for the 2018 season during the college winter break to allow players to be evaluated by our coaching staff before returning for the spring semester," said Nor'easters head coach John Thompson. "We have unearthed some tremendous talent over the years, like Ryan Richter (New York Cosmos), Tony Donatelli (Baltimore Blast), Chevy Walsh (Pittsburgh Riverhounds) and Tyler Miller (Seattle Sounders FC) who are all playing professionally. We are looking to add some new faces to the roster to compliment our returning players from the 2017 season."

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 tryout@oceancityfc.com.

Check back to the Ocean City Nor'easters official website and social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook) for updates.

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Founded in 1997, the Nor'easters joined the Premier Development League in 2003, and since then have seen more than 60 players move on to play the game professionally, including Tyler Miller of the Seattle Sounders FC, John McCarthy of the Philadelphia Union, and Ryan Richter of the New York Cosmos. You can see a comprehensive list of #OCN alums currently playing professionally here.

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