The Ocean City Nor’easters have taken a huge step forward in their attempts to improve the quality of the soccer product being played at Carey Stadium in the summer as they are now being operated by a nonprofit corporation, Ocean City Nor’easters Soccer, Inc. The Nor’easters purpose is to educate and promote the game of soccer throughout Ocean City and the southern New Jersey community, while providing affordable family entertainment. This move was led by club President Giancarlo Granese and South Jersey Pro Soccer General Manager Neil Holloway. The change in structure allows the Nor’easters to help the community in many more ways and to serve the people of Ocean City that host them with such great support.
The Ocean City Nor’easters are a minor league soccer franchise based in Ocean City, New Jersey that competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) - the top developmental men’s league in North America, under the umbrella of the United Soccer Leagues (USL).
The PDL features 73 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.
The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. PDL Franchise Map
2012 marks the club’s 16th season and during that time, 23 former Ocean City players 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. Fans can follow the Nor’easters on the club’s website at www.oceancityfc.com, on Twitter (www.twitter.com/oceancityfc) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/oceancityfc).