Match Preview: OC Nor'easters (A)

Evan McMurtrie

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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)
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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.

Carey Stadium, Ocean City, NJ

Carey Stadium, Ocean City, NJ


“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.

Go further in previewing Tuesday’s game versus the Ocean City Nor’easters by listening to Episode 1 of the FC Monmouth Podcast and viewing Week One of the FC Monmouth Training Report series!

Evan McMurtrie