USL Premier Development League
The Ocean City Nor'easters currently compete in the Premier Development League (PDL), which runs from May through August. The PDL is a development league operated by United Soccer Leagues (USL). It is currently considered the top-level men's amateur soccer competition in the United States, although it has no official designation as such from US Soccer. The league has 65+ clubs from the United States and Canada competing in four conferences, split into ten regional divisions. The Premier Development League is considered to be the fourth tier of competition in the United States, behind Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the United Soccer League.
After being founded in 1996, the club debuted in the 1997 season under the name the South Jersey Barons as a professional team in the D-3 Pro League. In 2003, the Barons moved to the PDL and in 2004 they became only the fifth team ever to go through the regular season with an unbeaten record (14-0-4). In 2005, the South Jersey Barons were taken over by local businessmen Russ McPaul and Giancarlo Granese. Their first act as new owners was to move the Barons to Ocean City, New Jersey and rename the team the Ocean City Barons. The club moved into its new home at Carey Stadium on the Boardwalk between 5th and 6th streets.
After the 2009 season, the club rebranded its self, becoming the Ocean City Nor'easters and taking a blue and orange color scheme.
The 2012 season began with a change of head coach, welcoming Rutgers University - Camden head coach Tim Oswald to the club. The Nor’easters put together a 13-3-0 regular season record, which was the best record in the Eastern Conference. The following year, they won the Eastern Conference championship and reached the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup where they narrowly lost to the Philadelphia Union when the MLS side scored the game-winning goal in second half stoppage time. In 2016, the club added to its trophy case by winning another Eastern Conference title as Chevaughn Walsh became the first player in club history to win the PDL scoring title and the second to be named the league's most valuable player.
Since joining the PDL in 2003, the Nor’easters have the sixth-best regular season record and the sixth-best home record.
2016 marks the club’s 20th season and during this time, more than 50 Ocean City alums have moved on to play professional soccer, including Jeremiah White who became the first alum to earn a cap with the senior U.S. National Team. Click here for a list of all of the Ocean City alums that have played or are currently playing professionally.
About the Ocean City Nor'easters
In addition to their achievements on the field, individually, more than 50 Ocean City alums have moved on to play professional soccer. From Major League Soccer and the United Soccer League to more than a dozen countries from around the world, Ocean City alums have earned a living playing the game they love. You can find a full list of all the Nor'easters in the pros (both past and present) HERE.
|TOP PERFORMING PDL CLUBS SINCE 2003|
|2.||Chicago FC United||139||50||31||448|
|3.||Des Moines Menace||137||53||30||441|
|4.||Thunder Bay Chill||131||60||29||422|
|6.||OCEAN CITY NOR'EASTERS||121||56||43||406|
|7.||Reading United AC||119||47||36||393|
The Ocean City Nor’easters will provide, through club sponsors, access to discounted meals at various restaurants around the city of Ocean City, NJ.
The Ocean City Nor’easters, in coordination with the city of Ocean City, NJ, provide seasonal employment to any interested players, through the completion of employment application. In previous years, the club has helped in coordinating the following employment…
· Ocean City Nor’easters Youth Academy
· Gillian’s Wonderland Pier
· And numerous local businesses around the city & on the OCNJ Boardwalk
The Ocean City Nor’easters will be competing in the Premier Development League, as well as friendlies. The schedule is due to be released in February 2017.
Treasurer & Assistant GM - Giancarlo Granese Jr.
The goal of the Ocean City Nor’easters is to provide training to keep players sharp, fit and fresh while preparing them for their upcoming collegiate season. The Nor’easters staff works diligently to monitor every player's health and fitness, through workload.
The Ocean City Nor’easters will begin training as soon as they arrive from college.
The Ocean City Nor’easters technical staff conducts 2-3 team training sessions a week throughout the season. Of the weekly training sessions, one session is entirely focused on the preparation of the week’s match.
The Ocean City Nor’easters, led by team Sports Therapist, conduct recovery sessions after every match.
The Ocean City, NJ beach hosts over 150,000 visitors each summer
The Ocean City Nor’easters provide all players and staff with professionally driven transportation from Ocean City, NJ to all matches and club functions.
The Ocean City Nor'easters do not cover any costs associated with travel to or from Ocean City, NJ, for any player.
The Ocean City Nor'easters can arrange for pick up from and/or drop off to the following airports...
Philadelphia International Airport (Philadelphia, PA) - $60.00 per roundtrip
The Ocean City Nor’easters play all home matches at Carey Stadium (6th Street & Boardwalk), right off the Ocean City Boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. Players will have access to Carey Stadium’s training facilities and locker rooms, two hours prior to every home match. The City have installed a new turf field with new cork infill that keeps the survace cool. The playing surface is 120 yards x 72 yards.
The Ocean City Nor’easters provide a team doctor available to all players and staff; available upon appointment.
Gear & Equipment
Players are provided with all official Ocean City Nor’easters gear, such as training & match day apparel.
The Ocean City Nor’easters DO NOT provide any personal player gear, such as boots, shin guards, goalkeeper gloves, etc.
Ocean City Nor'easters have a working relationship with Global Premier Management who are recognized as one of the top agencies for professional soccer players in the USA. Any Ocean City Nor'easters player who Global Premier Managment feel are professional will be watched by GPM and or recommended to them by the Ocean City Nor'easters staff.
The firm is led by President and Owner Patrick McCabe, who has more than 18 years of experience in the business of player management. We have a worldwide network of contacts and relationships that allows us to place clients in several key market and an extensive track record of success both in the US and abroad. Most importantly, we have continued to operate in a way that gives our clients the feel of a small business: individual attention and constant availability. Unlike other big agencies the company is privately owned, which is crucial in allowing us to meet our clients’ needs and make decisions in their long-term interest without having to a seek a quick return to cover corporate overhead and appease shareholders. We provide personal service that is based on honesty and respect.
All Ocean City Nor’easters players are responsible for their own behavior and for conducting themselves as professionals during their time in affiliation with the club. Due to storied success and popularity of the Nor’easters within Ocean City, NJ and the local southern New Jersey shore area, all Ocean City Nor’easters players and staff are viewed as public figures.
The Ocean City Nor’easters do numerous community-driven events and players are expected to participate (when available) as the club’s involvement in the community is important to our success, on and off the field.
All Ocean City Nor’easters players are responsible for managing and maintaining all club-issued team and personal gear and equipment.
All Ocean City Nor’easters players are responsible for cleaning, managing and maintaining the club provided housing, as well as all fixtures, furniture, appliances and anything within the property limits of the provided housing, in which belongs to the club or any player housed by the club.
All Ocean City Nor’easters players are responsible for communicating all injuries & illnesses to the club technical and medical staff. The Ocean City Nor’easters cannot be held responsible for any injury or illness, which was not communicated properly.
All Ocean City Nor’easters players are expected to communicate their availability at the earliest convenience, throughout the entirety of the season.