Jersey Express S.C.

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Jersey Express
Full name Jersey Express Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Ironbound
Founded 2007 (as Newark Ironbound Express)
Stadium Lubetkin Field
Newark, New Jersey
Ground Capacity 1,100
Owner Joe Branco
Head Coach George Vichniakov
League USL Premier Development League
2014 1st, Mid Atlantic
Playoffs: National Semifinals
Website Club home page
Current season
Original Newark Ironbound Express logo

Jersey Express is an American soccer team based in Newark, New Jersey, United States. Founded in 2007, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Prior to the 2011 season the team was known as Newark Ironbound Express.

The team plays its home games at Lubetkin Field on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where they have played since 2008. The team's colors are white and burgundy.

The team also fields a team in the USL's Super-20 League, a league for players 17 to 20 years of age run under the United Soccer Leagues umbrella.


Newark Ironbound Express entered the PDL having enjoyed a great deal of success at a junior level with their Ironbound SC club, which was a major force in the USL Super-Y League for several years. The senior Express team began life in the PDL with a bang with a 4–1 opening day victory over fellow expansion team New Jersey Rangers that featured a brace from former New York Red Bull and current Haitian international Jerrod Laventure. Ironbound were consistent all year long, enjoying several impressive victories over much more established sides, notably a 3–0 over Ottawa Fury in early June (in which Ted Niziolek scored a hat trick), a 4–0 win on the road against Ocean City Barons (which featured a Laventure hat-trick), a dominant 3–1 win over 2007's unbeatable Hampton Roads Piranhas, and a battling 4–2 triumph over Virginia Legacy. By the time the final weekend rolled around, they were still in with a shot at a place in the Eastern Conference playoffs: they enjoyed overpowering 6–2 demolition of Westchester Flames, in which Chris Karcz netted three times, and were fortunate to make the playoffs ahead of Ottawa Fury, who had an exactly equal record, but lost out on head-to-head results. Unfortunately, Ironbound's trip to the playoff was a short one as they fell 4–2 first time out to eventual Conference champions Reading Rage, but for a young side in their debut season there was much to applaud. Chris Karcz and Jerrod Laventure were monsters in front of goal, scoring 10 and 9 goals respectively.

The team formally rebranded as Jersey Express on January 6, 2011.[1]


Current roster[edit]

As of June 8, 2011.[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Ryan Meara[3]
2 United States DF Mike Konicoff[4]
3 Scotland DF Joseph Ruesgen[5]
5 South Africa MF Lebogang Pila[6]
6 Ivory Coast FW Abdoulaye Coulibaly
7 England MF Rob Youhill[7]
8 Ghana MF Ansger Otto[8]
9 Nigeria FW Joseph Ovenseri
10 Colombia DF Hemir Niebles[9]
11 Haiti FW Jerrod Laventure
12 United States DF Nicholas Becker
12 Israel DF Assaf Sheleg[10]
13 England DF Shaun Foster[11]
No. Position Player
14 United States FW Robert Cabrera
15 United States MF Andrew Konopelsky
16 United States MF William Stamatis
17 United States MF Josh Trott[12]
18 Ghana FW Anthony Asante
19 United States MF Mike Mazzullo[13]
20 Sweden MF John Sallhag[14]
21 United States MF Kevin Meyer[15]
22 Senegal MF Joseph Niouky
28 United States GK John Londono[16]
United States MF Steve Jakubowski[17]
United States DF Chris Karcz

Notable former players[edit]

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2008 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 5th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 2nd, Mid Atlantic Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 3rd, Mid Atlantic Conference Finals Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 3rd, Mid Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2013 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 USL PDL 1st, Mid Atlantic National Semifinals 2nd Round


  • USL PDL Eastern Conference Champions 2014
  • USL PDL Mid-Atlantic Division Champions 2014

Head coaches[edit]


Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at

  • 2008: 328
  • 2009: 219
  • 2010: 378


External links[edit]