One of USL League Two's oldest rivalries continues tonight in West Lawn, PA
One of the oldest rivalries in all of the United Soccer Leagues, not just USL League Two, continues tonight when the Ocean City Nor'easters take on Reading United at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pa.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Fans who can't make it to the game in person can watch the game online HERE.
The two teams will meet for the 49th time in a rivalry that dates back to 1997. Reading joined the D-3 Pro League in 1996, the year before Ocean City launched. Since then, they have played 48 times both as professional and USL League Two teams. After Reading swept both regular season meetings in 2016, the two met in the Eastern Conference championship game. It was the first time the two long-time rivals had met in a playoff game and it was Ocean City that pervailed, winning 4-1 on the road. It snapped a six-game winless streak against United and it was their first win at Reading in 10 years. Last year, Reading swept the three-game season series as United overtook the lead in the all-time series at 21-20-7.
It has been an up-and-down season for the Nor'easters as they are currently 2-2-2 in league play, but are well within range of the playoffs. The Storm are currently five points out of second place (the last playoff spot in the division), but have played two fewer games than second place Lehigh Valley United.
In their last game, they earned a valuable point on the road with a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls Under-23s. Leon Maric (St. Joseph’s / Gilbertsville, PA) and Kwesi Allen (Drexel / Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) each scored their first goals with the club, but Ocean City was unable to hang on to that early 2-0 lead.
Deri Corfe (Wright State / Chester, England) currently leads the Nor'easters in scoring with four goals and one assist in six matches.
Reading United AC are undefeated in league play with a 6-0-1 record as they current sit in first place in the Mid-Atlantic Division. They are six points clear of second place Lehigh Valley. In their last game, they earned a 1-0 road win over FA Euro New York on a second half goal by Joao Delgado. They feature a balanced attack with only two players scoring multiple goals this season, despite scoring 16 goals as a team. Simon Becher (4) and Kalil El Medkhar (2) are the team's top scorers.