Jersey Express S.C.

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Jersey Express
Full name Jersey Express Soccer National Soccer Academy
Nickname(s) Ironbound
Founded 2007; 10 years ago (2007) (as Newark Ironbound Express)
Stadium Williams Field
Elizabeth, New Jersey[1]
Owner Joe Branco
General Manager Gali Maimon
Coach Julian Richens
League Premier Development League
2017 4th, Mid Atlantic
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website

Jersey Express is an American soccer team based in Springfield, New Jersey.[2] Founded in 2007, the team plays in the 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's colors are white, Emerald and Gold.

Since 2016, the Express play their home games at Williams Field in Elizabeth, NJ.[1] The team formerly played their home games at Lubetkin Field at J. Malcolm Simon Stadium on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology from 2008-2015. The stadium was demolished in 2015 for NJIT's Wellness and Events Center.[3]

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 and teams from ages 10–18 boys and girls Under National Soccer Academy.[4]


Newark Ironbound Express entered the PDL in 2007. 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.

In October 2009 the team Owner Mr. Joe Branco Hired Mr. Gali Maimon as new General manager of the organization.

The team formally rebranded as Jersey Express on January 6, 2011.[4]


Current roster[edit]

As of August 23, 2015.[5]

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 Matt Turner
2 United States DF Matthew Mahoney
3 Brazil DF Yago
4 Ivory Coast DF Kouassi Sylvain N'guessan
5 Slovenia MF Marko Drljic
6 Brazil DF
7 Brazil MF William Mogi
8 United States MF Christopher Karcz
9 Brazil MF Carlos Vitor
10 Ghana MF Ansger Otto
11 Brazil MF Lucas
No. Position Player
12 United States DF Federico De Oliveira
13 United States DF Max Brodarzon
14 Brazil DF Fernando Cezar
15 Brazil MF Robertinho
16 United States MF Juan Correa
17 Brazil MF Gabriel Torres
18 Ukraine MF Alex Bilay
19 United States FW Sevag Kherlopian
20 Nigeria FW Joseph Ovenseri
22 United States GK Patric Pray

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
2015 4 USL PDL 3rd, Mid Atlantic Conference Finals 3rd Round
2016 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify 3rd Round
2017 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify


  • USL PDL Eastern Conference Champions 2014
  • USL PDL Mid-Atlantic Division Champions 2014[4]

Head coaches[edit]


Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive.[7] Attendance stats also provided by team.[4]

  • 2008: 328
  • 2009: 219
  • 2010: 378
  • 2011: 389
  • 2012: 411
  • 2013: 422
  • 2014: 452
  • 2015: 502
  • 2016: 312


  1. ^ a b "Fields & Directions". Jersey Express S.C. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Jersey Express S.C. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NJIT Breaks Ground on a Flagship Building". New Jersey Institute of Technology. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "About Jersey Express Soccer". Jersey Express S.C. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Jersey Express Game Schedule". PDL. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ USL Archive

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