Match Preview: OC Nor'easters (A)
MATCH DAY INFORMATION
FC Monmouth vs Ocean City Nor’easters
Competition: Preseason Friendly
Kickoff Date/Time: Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Carey Stadium, Ocean City, NJ (Directions)
Live Updates: @WeAreMonmouth
Live Stream: N/A
FC Monmouth will open their 2019 campaign with a preseason friendly against the Ocean City Nor’easters of the United Soccer League (USL) League 2 at Carey Stadium in Ocean City, NJ, on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
With just a week’s worth of training under their belt and some players still yet to join up with the squad, the match is set to be everything you would expect from a preseason encounter. Ultimately, it is a chance for Head Coach Brian Woods to have his team face off against a live opponent while working on more game-specific tactics ahead of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) season opener on Saturday at Count Basie Park.
Tuesday night’s match will mark the first-ever meeting between FC Monmouth and Ocean City.
“When we were playing our first match [in 2018] against AC [Atlantic City FC], we had no idea who anyone was. This year, at least we’ll have a friendly where we can have a full team or as close to a full team as we’re gonna have and play them [Ocean City]. I’m pretty excited about it, it’s a very, very good team in the USL 2 and hopefully we’ll be able to show up.” – Head Coach Brian Woods
“We want to play games, that’s what we’re in it for – to play games, to win games, and be successful. We’re all coming off college programs, we’re ready to start off strong. So, although it’s a ‘friendly’, we’re gonna be there to try and win it and prepare ourselves as best as possible.” – Forward Regsan Watkins
ABOUT the Ocean city nor’easters
Founded in 1996, Ocean City played in the USL Division 3 Pro League from 1997-2002 before moving to the USL Premier Development League (PDL) in 2003, which is considered Division 4 and currently known as USL League 2.
The Nor’easters, previously known as the South Jersey and then Ocean City Barons, have achieved four first-place regular season finishes and have participated in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in nine different seasons throughout their history.
In 2018, Ocean City finished fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Division, missing out on the playoffs while making it as far as the third round of the Open Cup.