New Jersey native MD Myers and New York native Marco Torino are back with six international attackers
The Ocean City Nor’easters have another strong group of forwards coming to the Beach House for the upcoming 2022 USL League Two season.
|2022 Ocean City Nor'easters
Last season, Ocean City's offense scored the most goals since the Nor'easters' 2005 season, and this year's team will attempt to keep that momentum going with another talented class of players.
The eight forwards feature two returning players from previous seasons, New Jersey native MD Myers (2021) and New York native Marco Torino (2018-19), and six players who came to the United States from overseas (Italy, Chile, Brazil, Hungary, Australia), many of them with impressive youth soccer experience at the international level. They will all come together this summer with the goal of bringing a championship to Ocean City, N.J., America’s Greatest Family Resort.
Here are the 2022 forwards (in alphabetical order):
San Remo, Italy
Alessandro Arlotti arrives at the Beach House to join his brother, (defender) Gianluca Arlotti. The two of them are one of two sets of brothers playing for the Nor’easters in 2022. Prior to this season, Ocean City had only had one set of brothers ever play for the senior team in the same season (Current D.C. United defender Brendan Hines-Ike and his brother Ian in 2014).
Like his brother, Alessandro brings a wealth of experience at a young age to Ocean City. Also like his brother, he attended the AS Monaco youth academy. In addition, he also received some high-level experience while playing for senior team at Serie B team Delfino Pescara. Arlotti was called up to represent Italy at the youth international level, playing for the Under-17 and Under-18 National Team. He represented Italy at the Under-17 European Championships (Dublin, Ireland) and Under-17 World Cup in Brazil.
Since coming stateside, he has had a major impact at Harvard University in his first year with the Crimson. He led the team in scoring with nine goals and seven assists (25 points) in 16 games (14 starts). His six game-winning goals ranked third in the nation and his nine goals ranked second in the Ivy League. The team finished with an 8-5-3 record and Arlotti was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was a First Team All-Ivy League selection.
Kevin Nuss on Alessandro Arlotti: “Alessandro brings loads of experiences at the highest levels. He gives a dynamic element and we are excited to see what he’s able to do.”
Benjamin Cam Orellana
University of Rio Grande (Ohio)
Previous schools: Camden County College, Iowa Western Community College
Benjamin Cam Orellana brings another youth international resume to the Beach House, and just like fellow forward Alessandro Arlotti, he will be joined by his brother, Nicolas. Prior to this season, Ocean City had only had one set of brothers ever play for the senior team in the same season (Current D.C. United defender Brendan Hines-Ike and his brother Ian in 2014). And this season, the team will have two sets.
Benjamin represented his home nation of Chile at the Under-17 level before coming to the United States to play college soccer. Along with his older brother Nicolas, he was part of the club Unión Española’s youth academy, although they were never able to play together because of the age difference. Benjamin traveled to New Jersey in 2018 to play for current Nor’easters head coach Kevin Nuss at Camden County College. That year, he was an All-American, scoring 28 goals and leading the Cougars to the National Semifinals.
The following year, he transferred to another NJCAA powerhouse in Iowa Western where he put up big numbers in a short period of time. He scored five goals and had five assists in just four games in a COVID-shortened season.
Benjamin joined his brother at the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) this past season and the two were a dynamic duo, leading Rio Grande to a conference championship and a trip to the NAIA national tournament. The two combined for 16 goals and 13 assists with Benjamin finishing second on the team in scoring with seven goals and a team-leading 10 assists. As a result, he was a Second Team All-Conference selection.
Kevin Nuss on Benjamin Cam Orellana: "I’ve worked with Benja before and have seen up close what he is able to do. He can be a special player and I look forward to continuing to push him to his next level.”
Nicolas Cam Orellana
Previous school: Univ. of Rio Grande (Ohio)
Nicolas Cam Orellana, the older brother of Benjamin Cam Orellana, took a very similar path, only slightly less movement. Growing up in Santiago, Chile, the two brothers played at the Union Espanola youth academy, but as the older brother, Nicolas was the first to leave for the United States to play college soccer. He joined the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) (a couple years after former Nor’easters player and USL League Two MVP Deri Corfe left the school) and fit right in. He was named the All-River States Conference Offensive Player of the Year in his freshman and sophomore year, leading the Red Storm to the NAIA tournament both years. After his sophomore year, he was named the University of Rio Grande Male Athlete of the Year.
Last year, his brother Benjamin joined him and they finished second and third on the team in scoring, leading Rio Grande to a conference championship and a trip to the NAIA national tournament. The two combined for 16 goals and 13 assists with Nicolas finishing third on the team in scoring (behind Benjamin in second), with nine goals and three assists.
Starting this fall, Nicolas will be on the move to Florida, transferring to another NAIA powerhouse. Benjamin will join Ocean City alum Nick Akoto (2021) at defending NAIA national champion Keiser University.
Kevin Nuss on Nicolas Cam Orellana: “Nicolas is a guy I have had on my radar for a number of years. He has produced consistently at the college level, as well as USL2 and we expect him to return to form this summer.”
Gyorgy Kamaras adds another talented All-American from an NAIA school to the Nor’easters roster. Ocean City has a long history of talented players from the NAIA who have made a major impact. Kamaras came to Baker University in Kansas from Budapest, Hungary. In his first season at Baker, he scored a team-high 15 goals and six assists, finishing 24th in the nation in scoring. He was named to the Heart of America All-Conference First Team, was named the conference Freshman of the Year and was a Second Team All-American.
Prior to arriving at Baker University, he represented Hungary at the youth international level. He worked his way up the ladder, finishing as the Under-16’s top goalscorer, then winning a national title at the Under-17 level and then representing Hungary at the Under-19 European championships.
Kevin Nuss on Gyorgy Kamarás: “Gyorgy is a top player that is probably not on a lot of people’s radar, yet. His ability in front of the goal is obvious but what we are most excited about is his nuanced understanding of his role in all other areas.”
University of Tampa
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Previous schools: Indian Hills Community College (Iowa), Camden County College
Pablo Marques has already gotten a head start on playing at the Beach House. Marques was part of the Nor’easters’ roster for the 2022 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup back in March. He scored a goal and played 116 minutes in Ocean City’s 1-1 draw with Lansdowne Yonkers FC (Lansdowne won the PK shootout 4-3).
Marques arrived from Brazil and lit up the junior college soccer world as he enrolled at Camden County College under current Nor’easters head coach Kevin Nuss. In his freshman year, he scored 12 points and added 9 assists as the Cougars reached the National Semifinals.
In his sophomore season, he led the NJCAA in goals with 21 in just 14 games, while also adding six assists. He led the Cougars to the national championship game that year, while falling just one goal short. He was named the NJCAA Division III National Player of the Year and was a First Team All-American.
He followed current Nor’easters head coach Kevin Nuss to Iowa where he enrolled in Indian Hills Community College this past season. Marques continued to shine, tying for the league lead with 13 goals in 20 games which earned him All-Region honors and the team’s Attacking Player of the Year.
Marques will take his game to the next level and will be transferring to the University of Tampa, an NCAA Division II program that has three national championships in its history and qualified for last year’s NCAA tournament.
Kevin Nuss on Pablo Marques: “Pablo is a once in a decade type of player, on and off the field. I’m honored that I’ve had the chance to work with him at the college level over the last couple years but I’m excited to see what he’s able to do at this level.”
Previous school: High Point University
The lone returning forward from last season is MD Myers, who is returning to his home state to play at the Beach House in Ocean City, but also to play college soccer.
In his sophomore season at High Point University, Myers started all 14 games and scored 14 goals, tied for second-most in the nation, including five game-winning goals (also second-best in the nation). Myers also added four assists, which put him second in the country in scoring with 33 points. As a result, he became the first High Point player in history to be a Semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding college player in the country. He also won a school award as High Point University’s male athlete of the year. His individual success led to team success as well, as High Point won the Big South regular season and tournament championships and earned a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Myers led the Panthers in scoring again last season with seven goals and three assists in 17 games and fell one game short of returning to the NCAA tournament. High Point fell to Campbell 3-2 in the Big South Final. Myers finished with Second Team All-Big South honors. Next season, Myers, a Delran, N.J., will be returning to his home state to play for Rutgers where he will join former Ocean City Nor’easters teammate Jackson Temple.
Last season, Myers played in eight games for the Nor’easters, scoring two goals. The first came 45 seconds into a 7-0 win over Lehigh Valley United, and the second came in 5-2 road win over Ocean City rival Reading United AC.
Kevin Nuss on MD Myers: “MD is in for a big summer. He is clearly a top quality player that has already shown that at the collegiate level but we know there is a whole other level to him on the field. We expect a breakout season from him.”
Previous school: Fordham University
Another well-traveled player on the 2022 roster is Max Rogers who comes to the Beach House from Australia by way of Fordham University. And now, this coming fall he will be transferring to the Ivy League where he will suit up for Yale University.
In his freshman year at Fordham, alongside Nor’easters teammate Galen Flynn, Rogers scored two goals and added an assist in seven appearances as he helped the team finish with a 7-1-2 record and winning the Atlantic-10 championship, which included a 2-1 win over Saint Louis University where Flynn assisted on the game-winning goal. In the NCAA tournament, Rogers scored the lone goal in their opening game where the Rams nearly pulled off an upset of Marshall, falling 2-1 to the eventual national champions.
This past season, Rogers scored three goals and had a team-high seven assists.The Rams didn’t have the same success in the regular season (7-9-3) but fell just short of reaching the Atlantic-10 championship game. Their tournament run would come to an end as Saint Louis got their revenge for last year’s game with a 4-2 penalty kick win after a scoreless draw.
Prior to coming to the United States, Rogers grew up in Sydney, Australia where he was a standout player in soccer and cricket. He played for the youth academies for A-League teams Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners, as well as playing for the senior team of Manly United of Australia’s National Premier League. Rogers also played in the Australian Cup (formerly the FFA, Australia’s version of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup or England’s FA Cup).
Kevin Nuss on Max Rogers, “Max is a super technical player that we expect to have a huge impact in the attacking phase.”
Saint Peters University
Previous school: Hartwick College
Marco Torino returns to the Beach House for a third tour of duty in Ocean City. The Westchester, NY native played for the Nor’easters in 2018 and 2019, helping the Storm achieve back-to-back winning seasons. Torino also played a big role in the club’s exhibition games. He scored two goals in a 7-1 win over D.C. United Under-23s (July 13, 2018) and played in the team’s friendly against European power SL Benfica in 2019.
Marco Torino spent most of his college career at Saint Peter’s University after transferring there from Hartwick College. He scored four goals and dished out two assists over 30 games (23 starts), which included an injury-shortened junior season. He was on the conference’s All-Academic Team three years while at Saint Peter’s
Torino began his soccer career with a short stint playing for S.S. Lazio's reserve squad in the summer of 2016 in Italy, where he was born.
After graduating with an accounting degree with a minor in business law, he’s getting his MBA in risk management at Saint Peter’s.
Kevin Nuss on Marco Torino: “Marco is Ocean City. He has been with us for a number years and has come to represent who we are; honest, hardworking with character and integrity. We are happy to have him back and look forward to seeing what he can do.”