|South Jersey Soccer:
Ocean City Barons Open 2005 Campaign on the Road
Sunday, April 17, 2005
By Paul O'Donnell
The Ocean City Barons feature home grown stars and Ocean City High School graduates Ryan Carr, Richard Baker, Adam Sternberger and Adam Williamson along with many players from South Jersey communities and area colleges such as Drexel, Temple, Phila Univ, Penn State, Rowan and Rutgers who form the core of this very successful soccer club. Honored stars from last years undefeated regular season team returning for another run at the national title are stalwart central midfielder (and Barons GM) Neil Holloway-PDL All League Team in '04, Chris Williams-ALL Eastern Conf Team in '04, John Thompson-PDL All League Team '04 and the PDL Player of the Year for 2004 Ruben Mingo. In addition to those featured players is the return of Byron Carmichael who was called upon in mid-season last year by the Utah Blitzz of the USL's 2nd Divison where he helped take them to the national title.
The Ocean City Barons 2005 season kicks off on Sat, May 14, at the West Chester Flames who competed last year in the USL 2nd Division. The Flames return to the PDL for the 2005 season where they won the national title in 2001. The Barons move on to Albany for their 2nd match of the weekend on Sun, May 15.
The 2004 regular season unbeaten Barons (14-0-4) return to Ocean City's Carey Stadium for the home opener on Sat, May 21, kicking off against the Vermont Voltage at 7:30.
Ocean City Barons President John Granese offered this as the season gets underway:
"I can't wait for the season to start! I have spoken to a lot of people in town and everyone is very excited. I think it will be a great season and the fans will be very surprized about the level of soccer they will be seeing. It will be fast paced, breathtaking, exciting and spectacular. Come and support your Ocean City Barons and help us to duplicate last year's undefeated season. Our goal is the national championship this year after coming so close last year."
The Barons will finish the month of May at home on Sun, May 29, against the two time PDL National Champion Cape Cod Crusaders (2002 & 2003). The challenge of the opening to the season is surely significant as the Barons will face three recent PDL champions in their 1st four matches.
Come to the Barons new home, Ocean City's Carey Stadium, and support them in their drive to return to the PDL playoffs and earn that national championship. You can also follow the Ocean City Barons and the news of the SJ Barons Soccer Club's youth activities on the Internet at: www.sjbarons.com
Ocean City Barons 2005 schedule http://www.sjbarons.com/PDL_Schedule.htm
To keep in touch with the action in the United Soccer League's 1st Division, 2nd Division, PDL, W League or the Super Y visit the United Soccer League's website at: www.uslsoccer.com