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After six straight road games to begin the 2018 season, the Ocean City Nor'easters will play their first home game in front of their fans at Carey Stadium on Sunday, June 3. The Nor'easters will host the undefeated Long Island Rough Riders in Ocean City's 22nd home opener which is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
All tickets are $10 each and are available at the Carey Stadium box office.
Prior to the game, the Nor'easters are proud to welcome 13-year-old Olivia Currier to sing the national anthem at The Beach House. Currier, who attends Philadelphia Meredith Elementary School and spends her summers in Longport, NJ, has sang the national anthem for dozens of professional teams including the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics of the NBA and the Philadelphia Union (MLS).
The Nor'easters enter the game 1-2-0 in the Premier Development League (PDL) after a back-to-back road losses to the Rough Riders and the New York Red Bulls Under-23s. While Ocean City's league results haven't gone the way they wanted, the team got off to a positive start in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup where they won a pair of road games against the AFC Ann Arbor of the National Premier Soccer League, followed by a 3-1 upset of Charlotte Independence, a pro team in the United Soccer League.
In all competitions, Deri Corfe leads Ocean City in scoring with a goal and four assists. His four helpers currently lead the US Open Cup in that department. Last year's leading scorer Fredlin "Fredinho" Mompremier and newcomer Kyle Gurrieri lead the team in goals with two each.
The Rough Riders enter a busy weekend with a 3-0-0 record and are locked in a three-way tie for first place in the Mid-Atlantic Division with the Red Bulls and Reading United AC. Long Island will play a road game against Evergreen FC on Saturday night before heading to Ocean City on Sunday.
Long Island began the season with a 3-1 road win over the Red Bulls U-23s, followed by their 1-0 win over the Nor'easters at home. They have had more than a week off as their last game was a 1-0 road win over FA Euro New York back on May 22.
The Nor'easters and the Rough Riders have been playing each other since the two were professional teams. When they first met in 2001, Long Island was an A-League team (Division 2 pro) and the Nor'easters were a D-3 Pro League (Division 3 pro) team known as the South Jersey Barons. Ocean City is 7-9-4 all-time against the Rough Riders, but the two clubs have met twice in some pretty big games.
In the Second Round of the 2005 US Open Cup, the Nor'easters (PDL) upset the Rough Riders, 4-0 when they were a USL Second Division (pro) team, 4-0. In 2009, Ocean City went on the road and knocked off Long Island in the opening round of the PDL playoffs. Prior to this season, the last time the two clubs met was back in 2015 during the PDL regular season.
Last year, the Rough Riders, who are affiliated with the New York City FC (MLS), finished second in the very competitive Northeast Division with an 8-2-4 record. They qualified for the PDL playoffs and nearly pulled off what the Nor'easters did a year ago. They defeated two division champions (New York Red Bulls U-23s, Myrtle Beach Mutiny) before falling in penalty kicks in the Eastern Conference championship game to the Charlotte Eagles, who would move on to win the PDL title.