Playing for the Nor'easters



TOP PERFORMING PDL CLUBS SINCE 2003
Team Wins Losses Draws Points
1. Flint City Bucks 175 44 39 564
2. Des Moines Menace 168 58 36 540
3. Chicago FC United 158 63 39 513
4. Reading United AC 153 50 41 500
5. Thunder Bay Chill 152 76 34 490
6. OCEAN CITY NOR'EASTERS 145 68 49 484

Season Information

Ocean City Nor'Easters 2017 Squad

Ocean City Nor'Easters 2018 Squad

Food
The Ocean City Nor’easters will provide food for players accomodated in club housing through the "Frieds of Nor'Easters" foundation who will provide a weekly food shop throughout the season, and through club sponsors, access to discounted meals at various restaurants around the city of Ocean City, NJ.

Jobs
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
ACMEGillian’s Wonderland Pier
And numerous local businesses around the city & on the OCNJ Boardwalk

Schedule
The Ocean City Nor’easters will be competing in USL League Two, as well as friendlies.

Technical Staff

Front Office Staff



Owner/President, Giancarlo "El Presidente" Granese, with his wife, Nancy


Training

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 3-4 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

Travel

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
Atlantic City International Airport (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) - $25.00 per roundtrip

There is a train service from Philadelphia Airport to Atlantic City Train terminal that costs around $15.

Facilities
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. 


Carey Stadium, aka "The Beach House"

The Ocean City Nor’easters conduct all team-training sessions at Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex, right off the Bay & 6th Street Field, steps from the Nor'easters clubhouse.
Tennessee Ave Soccer Complex & the 6th Street Field

Gym Membership
Club sponsor, Greate Bay Racquet & Fitness Club provides full fitness facilities for all players & staff for the entirety of the season.

Team Doctor, Sports Therapist & Athletic Trainer(s)

The Ocean City Nor’easters provide a team doctor available to all players and staff; available upon appointment.
The Ocean City Nor’easters provide a full-time sports therapist & athletic trainers, available to all players and staff who attend all team functions (home or away). The club's sports therapist is available to all players and staff, during normally scheduled hours.

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.

Game Film
All Ocean City Nor'Easters games are recoreded by the media department at Stockton University and games posted onto our Youtube Channel the day after so that players can expose themselves to potential scouts and clubs. Our games are broadcast live on the radio and internet.

 
The 2015 squad team picture on 9th Street Beach with the Mayor of Ocean City, Jay Gillian

Global Premier Management


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.
Our clients have transferred to/within Europe for over $30 million, which is unmatched by any agent or agency in the U.S. As our players continue to improve and attract interest from teams in Europe, we are well positioned to provide opportunities for them to increase their earning potential and advance their careers.
 
Since 1998, we have managed some of the biggest names and colorful personalities in US Soccer, including Preki, Eddie Johnson, Brad Guzan, and Stuart Holden. We have negotiated top-level contracts for U.S. internationals including Brek Shea and Tim Ream, as well as premium Generation adidas deals for players such as Darren Mattocks, Darlington Nagbe, and Teal Bunbury. We are equally proud to represent many players who have flown under the radar during their development and still gone on to successful careers, including Nat Borchers, Troy Perkins, Seth Sinovic, Dane Richards, and Jack Jewsbury. We take pride in recruiting great people who are also great players and we seek long-term clients who are committed to their own success, on and off the field.
Player Responsibilities & Expectations
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.
The famous OCNJ Lifeguard boat

Nor'easters in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Adding to their success in the league, the Barons have also qualified for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on five occasions.

They made their first appearance in 2002, their final year as a professional franchise. That year, they defeated Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Eastern Pennsylvania) of the USASA 4-0 in the first round but were eliminated in the next round 1-0 by the Hampton Roads Mariners, who played on the level above the Barons, in the A-League (the league just below MLS). 

OCEAN CITY NOR'EASTERS IN THE US OPEN CUP

2002 (as South Jersey Barons in D3 Pro League)
RD1 - at Vereinigung Erzgebirge (USASA), 4-0
RD2 - vs. Hampton Roads Mariners (A-Lg), 0-1

2004 (as South Jersey Barons in PDL)

RD1 - vs. Allied SC (USASA), 5-0
RD2 - vs. Syracuse Salty Dogs (A-Lg), 2-4

2005 (as Ocean City Barons in PDL)

RD1 - at NY Greek American Atlas (USASA), 3-0
RD2 - vs. Long Island Rough Riders (USL-2), 4-0
RD3 - at Richmond Kickers (A-Lg), 4-8

2007 (as Ocean City Barons in PDL)

RD1 - vs. Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2), 1-0
RD2 - vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2), 1-2

2009 (as Ocean City Barons in PDL)

RD1 - vs. Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2), 3-0
RD2 - vs. Real Maryland Monarchs (USL-2), 1-0 (AET)
RD3 - at DC United (MLS), 0-2

2013 (as Ocean City Nor'easters in PDL)
RD1 - vs. New York Red Bulls U23 (NPSL), 2-0

RD2 - vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Pro), 1-0
RD3 - at Philadelphia Union (MLS), 1-2

2014 (as Ocean City Nor'easters in PDL)
RD2 - vs. New York Greek American Atlas (USASA), 0-2

2017 (as Ocean City Nor'easters in PDL)
RD1 - vs. Junior Lone Star (USASA), 3-1
RD2
- vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL), 0-0 (5-6 PKs)

2018
(as Ocean City Nor'easters in PDL)
RD1 - at AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL), 3-0
RD2 - at Charlotte Independence (USL), 3-1
RD3 - at North Carolina FC (USL), 1-4

In 2004, the year of their undefeated league season in the PDL, they began the tournament with a 5-0 thrashing of the USASA’s Allied SC, and once again met an A-League team in the second round. The Syracuse Salty Dogs were the club, which featured Anthony Maher, the older brother of the Barons’ Matt Maher. It was only the second time in the history of the Open Cup that two brothers played against each other in a Cup game. The original match seemed to be heading in the Barons’ direction in the 75th minute with the score tied at 1-1, and the Salty Dogs were playing with nine men. Unfortunately for the underdogs, the referee abandoned the match at that point due to lightning and darkness. Six days later, the match was replayed, Syracuse was too strong, knocking the Barons out of the tournament by the score of 4-2.

The following year, the Barons made a return to the Cup and made an enormous impression. They began as they had the previous two tournament appearances with a shutout win over a USASA club, 3-0 over the New York Greek-American Atlas. The Barons would host their second round match against the Long Island Rough Riders of the USL Second Division, and they used their home field advantage at Carey Stadium to thrash the Rough Riders 4-0. Ruben Mingo, Tony Donatelli, Chris Williams and Steven Wacker all scored in one of the second round’s biggest upsets. 

In the Third Round, the Barons were on the short end of a historical Open Cup match in Richmond, VA. Again, weather played a role, postponing the original game date, and a week later, the match was delayed by two hours. When the match was finally completed, the Barons had lost to the Richmond Kickers of the USL First Division, 8-4. The Kickers answered Byron Carmichael’s opening goal, with four straight tallies in the first half. Just before halftime, Carmichael cut the lead to two, and just after the break Tony Donatelli’s goal made it 4-3 in the 54th minute.

The Ocean City Barons celebrate after upsetting Real Maryland in the Second Round of the 2009 US Open Cup

However, the home side was too strong, and with the Barons pushing for an equalizer, the Kickers opened the floodgates. 12 goals were a total goals scored in an Open Cup match since professional teams began entering the tournament in 1995. The four goals conceded by the Richmond Kickers was the most they had allowed in their Open Cup history.

After missing out on the tournament in 2006, the Barons returned to the Cup in 2007 and began at home with a 1-0 upset over Crystal Palace Baltimore of the USL Second Division. They hosted the Second Round as well and lost 2-1 to the Harrisburg City Islanders in one of the most exciting matches of the 2007 Open Cup. The Barons had three balls cleared off the line in the second half, but they weren’t able to equalize, and the City Islanders would move on to make a dramatic run to the quarterfinals.

The Nor'easters celebrate after upsetting the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the Second Round of the 2013 US Open Cup.

2009 was a landmark season for the Barons in the Open Cup as they qualified for the tournament for the fourth time in the last six years. But the biggest highlight was the fact that Ocean City faced off with a club from Major League Soccer for the first time in franchise history. The Barons’ run in the tournament began with a shocking 3-0 home upset of Crystal Palace Baltimore of the USL Second Division. Byron Carmichael was named TheCup.us Player of the Round after scoring a pair of first-half goals and JT Noone would put the nail in the coffin with a second half goal.

The upsets at The Beach House continued in Round 2 when the Barons’ Tunde Ogunbiyi shutout Real Maryland of the Second Division and Noone converted a penalty kick in the second period of overtime to put the Barons into the Third Round. With the win, Ocean City became only the sixth amateur team in the Modern Era of the US Open Cup to register back-to-back wins over professional teams. Ogunbiyi became the first PDL goalkeeper (and just the third amateur GK) in the Modern Era to shutout back-to-back professional teams. The Barons would put a scare into DC United of Major League Soccer, but they would fall 2-0 to the defending Open Cup champs on a wet night at, the Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown, Md.

The Nor'easters celebrate after Emmanuel "Gogo" Kollie's goal vs. the Philadelphia Union in the 2013 US Open Cup

The Nor'easters were back at it again in 2013 with another extended US Open Cup run. They first opponents in Round 1 were the New York Red Bulls U23s at Carey Stadium. The Nor'easters came out strong and blew their opponents away 2-0 with goals from Duke Lacroix and Nick Perea.

The Second Round saw a professional team from USL Pro, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, come to Ocean City to challenge the Nor'easters on the Shore. This was a tighter affair, but the Riverhounds were beaten 1-0 by the home team with the goal coming from Ken Tribbett who smashed the ball home after it bounced around in the penalty area.

The Third Round saw the Nor'easters drawn at home to MLS side Philadelphia Union, but the Cup organizers switched the game to PPL Park. In what was a close and exhilarating game the college kids pushed the pros all the way to the end before losing 2-1. The score was 0-0 at half time, but Jack McInerney scored just after the break, many thought the floodgates had opened, but the Nor'easters equalized through Emanuel Kollie. It was an injury time winner from Union midfielder Brian Carroll in the 93rd minute that sealed the Nor'easters fate.

Qualifying for the second consecutive season in 2014, the Nor'easters failed to match their success of the previous season, falling to US National Cup Champions, New York American Greek Atlas, 2-0.
 

Kevin Curran of the Ocean City Barons battles for the ball with Boyzzz Khumalo of D.C. United (MLS) in the Third Round of the 2009 US Open Cup

In 2017, the Nor'easters returned to the US Open Cup and kicked off their cup run with a 3-1 home win over Junior Lone Star FC, an amateur team from the Philadelphia Premier Soccer League. This set up another meeting between Ocean City and the Harrisburg City Islanders at The Beach House. In a rematch of the 2007 US Open Cup, the Nor'easters held the City Islanders to a scoreless draw through 120 minutes. For the first time in Nor'easters club history, they had to decide a match from the penalty spot. It took seven rounds of penalty kicks, but unfortunately, the professional side prevailed, 6-5.

The Nor'easters' have had a lot of success in the US Open Cup playing games in front of their home fans. They would be tested in 2018 when all three games were played on the road. In Round 1, they traveled to Ypsilanti, Mich. where they blanked NPSL power AFC Ann Arbor, 3-0. The following week, the Storm traveled to North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Independence, a professional team in the United Soccer League. The Nor'easters would add another pro team upset to their resume as Kyle Gurrieri scored two goals in the opening seven minutes to lead them to a 3-1 win. Ocean City would return to North Carolina a week later, but the USL's North Carolina FC (featuring Ocean City alum Steven Miller) were too much, ending the Storm's Cup run, 4-1.

As a PDL team in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Ocean City has 12 wins with six of them being upsets of professional clubs. Only two amateur clubs (Michigan Bucks with nine, Des Moines Menace with seven) have eliminated more pro teams. However, five of those six wins were shutouts and no amateur team in the country has more shutouts of professional teams (6) than Ocean City.

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