Jersey Express S.C.
|Full name||Jersey Express Soccer National Soccer Academy|
|Founded||2007(as Newark Ironbound Express)|
Elizabeth, New Jersey
|General Manager||Gali Maimon|
|League||Premier Development League|
|2017||4th, Mid Atlantic
Jersey Express is an American soccer team based in Springfield, New Jersey. 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. 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.
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.
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.
As of August 23, 2015.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
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.
- Frank Alesci
- Gary Boughton
- Tomer Chencinski
- Dilly Duka
- Neal Kitson
- Derby Carrillo
- Ryan Meara
- Gordon Kljestan
- Aviv Volnerman
- David Topolski
|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
- George Vichniakov (2008–2012)
- Jeff Matteo (2013-2015)
- Anderson DaSilva (2015)
- Chiquinho de Assis (2015)
- Julian Richens (2016–present)
- Lubetkin Field at J. Malcolm Simon Stadium at New Jersey Institute of Technology; Newark, New Jersey (2008–2015)
- Williams Field; Elizabeth, NJ (2016-present)
- 2008: 328
- 2009: 219
- 2010: 378
- 2011: 389
- 2012: 411
- 2013: 422
- 2014: 452
- 2015: 502
- 2016: 312
- "Fields & Directions". Jersey Express S.C. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
- "Contact Us". Jersey Express S.C. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
- "NJIT Breaks Ground on a Flagship Building". New Jersey Institute of Technology. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
- "About Jersey Express Soccer". Jersey Express S.C. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
- "Jersey Express Game Schedule". PDL. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
- USL Archive