The Ocean City Nor’easters is a soccer franchise based in Ocean City, New Jersey that competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) -- the top men’s amateur league in North America. The PDL is considered the fourth level of soccer in the United States below Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League. Players have the ability to compete in the PDL throughout the summer months in a professional setting while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is the proving ground for players that aspire to reach the highest levels of the game, while providing affordable family entertainment to the Ocean City community.
For more than two decades, the Nor'easters have established themselves as one of the best PDL teams on the continent. Since joining the PDL in 2003, Ocean City has the sixth-best overall record, and the sixth-best home record among the more than 60 teams across North America. Among the accomplishments, are the 2009 team that reached the PDL Quarterfinals as well as the 2012 team that reached the PDL Round of 16. Since 2013, the Nor'easters have reached two out of the last four national semifinals (2013 & 2016). Ocean City has won three division titles (2004, 2012, 2013) and have made seven playoff appearances but the club's performances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup have made a name for itself on a national stage. The Nor'easters have upset five professional teams in the tournament, and among all of the amateur clubs that have taken part in the tournament since 1995, only two teams (Michigan Bucks, Des Moines Menace) have more pro upsets than Ocean City. They've even gone toe-to-toe with two MLS teams (D.C. United in 2009 and Philadelphia Union in 2013) in the tournament and nearly pulled off major upsets on the road in both games.
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.
The Nor'easters celebrate after beating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) in the 2013 US Open Cup, before facing the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer in the next round.
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.
Former Captain Shawn McLaws (left) with Treasuer & former Nor'easters player Giancarlo Granese Jr. (right)
Head Coach: John Thompson
In 2016, the Ocean City Nor’easters are proud to announce one of its all-time greatest players is returning as the club’s new head coach. John Thompson, the 2004 Premier Development League (PDL) Defender of the Year and a two-time All-PDL selection, was named the seventh head coach in club history. Thompson will replace Tim Oswald who over the last five seasons, led Ocean City to a pair of Eastern Conference championships, two PDL semifinal appearances (2013, 2016) and remains the winningest head coach in the club’s PDL history (2003-present).
After officially agreeing to become the seventh head coach in Ocean City Nor'easters club history, John Thompson poses for a photo at the club headquarters in Ocean City, N.J.
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
Atlantic City International Airport (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) - $25.00 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.
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
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.
Team doctor and sports therapist, Dr. James O'Rourke
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, etc.
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.