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Return of SJEB Mens' Team

08/18/2014, 9:30am EDT
By SJEB
The 1999 South Jersey Barons Mens' Team

The 1999 South Jersey Barons Mens' Team

After a Four year hiatus we are very pleased to announce the return of our Mens' Team giving us a holistic development program from 'cradle to grave' on the Boys' side. 

The club started with as a professional Mens' team in 1997 playing in the USL Division 2 League, in 2003 the club turned amature stepping down to the USL Premier Development League, having great success, qualifying for the US Open Cup on several occasions.

In 2009 the Youth Club and Mens' Team parted company and this left the Youth Club with out a Men's team to call our own. Over the last few months Techincal Director John Thompson discussed the project with former SJEB Alumi Joe Banks and Joel Sanger who both have the desire to and passion to re-establish our Mens' team. Thanks to their hard work over recent months we are pleased to announce that we will field our team in the United Soccer League (PA). Click here for the Wikipedia entry on the USL.

Joel joined the Barons in 1998 as an Eleven year old, his 87/88 team was coached by current SJEB staff coach Dan Christian. Joel spent 10 years with the club with his team making State Cup Semi-Finals and winning the Jefferson Cup. "I was a proud 'Baron' for 10 years as a junior and grew up in the club, with Coach Dan, Coach Neil, Coach Scott and Coach John. It will give me great pride to put on a Barons' Jersey and play for the club again. When Tomo called me to get involved with the Mens' team I didn't hesitate to say yes, its a fantastic club with great history in South Jersey, regionally and nationally. Myself and Banksy want to put together a team capable of winning the league and challenging for the cups."

The team will also enter the New Jersey Mens' Open Cup, with the ultimate goal is to qualify for the US Soccer Open Cup where amature and professional teams compete for the oldest cup competition in the country the Lamar Hunt Cup. 

In addition to Joe Banks (85/86) and Joel Sanger (87/88) who will lead the team we have already secured the siginings of six former SJEB Alumni.

  • Tommy Johnson (85/86) - St Joes University
  • Adam Williamson (PDL) NE Revolution
  • Rich Baker (85/86, PDL) - Monmouth University
  • Billy Pinto (85/86) - Hofstra University
  • Tony Pinto (87/88) - Dickinson University
  • Rob Nowlan (88/89) - Dickinson University
  • Nick Tierno (89/90) - Dickinson University
  • Dan Pinto (90/91) - Mesericordia University
  • Jimmy Connors - Played for SJ Barons Pro Team in 1998.

Other stand out South Jersey locals have committed to the club. 

  • Dave Ortega - Mantua - Philadelphia University
  • Dwayne Dove - Washington Twp. - University of Vermont
  • Tom Blumenstein - Audubon - Rutgers Camden
  • Mike Lodge - Willingboro - Rowan Univeristy (2005 SJB PDL Team)
  • Damon Wilson - Swedesboro - Played Div 1 at Monmouth University, was an all America in 2008. Signed pro at SV Kapfenberg in Austria in 2008 played 1 season. Transferred to Mallorca in spain la Liga then Mainz 05 in Germany.
  • Brian Lanning - Pittsgrove - LaSalle University
  • Tim Ennis - Rutgers Camden
  • Kyle Miller - Woodbury - College of the Holy Cross
  • Dimitri Athans - Kingsway - NJIT
  • Rob Traynor - Pitman - University of Wilmington
  • Dave Dease - Delsea - All-American University of Wilmington
  • Sean Mergenthal - Blackwoord - Villanova University

We are very honored to be allowed entry into the United Soccer League (Est. 1959) which consists of some of the oldest clubs in the Tri-State region and the weekly comptetion will be tough.

Clubs like Vereinigung Erzgebirge, United German Hungarians, Dunabie SC, Ukranian Nationals and Phoenix SC play in the league, fielding former experienced college players and we are looking forward to rubbing shoulders with these clubs. 

Anyone interested in our team please contact Joe Banks - jbanks@sjbarons.com or Joel - joelryan.sanger@gmail.com.

2006 Barons Mens' Team

2006 Barons Mens' Team

2007 Barons Mens' Team

2007 Barons Mens' Team

2009 Barons Mens' Team

2009 Barons Mens' Team

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