A big welcome to New Jersey native and Tenafly High alum, Karmel Segui who joins us for the 2022 summer of soccer for USL2 after spending time with the Soccer and Olympic Management Institute in Rome as well as Patacona Club de Fútbol.
“I am extremely excited to play under Coach Barboto and ready to play against high-level competition,” said Karmel “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to play for NJ Copa and ready for the season to kick off.”
“It is great to have local talent like Karmel on the team this summer. His experience in Rome will help us in different ways and he will be a big part of the defense once we get out for training.” Said Roberto Aguas the team's Sporting Director. “We hope he is as excited for the summer as we are here at NJ Copa.”
The USL 2 comes back to New Jersey as NJ Copa FC returns to the pitch on Saturday, May 21st at Mount Saint Mary’s College against the Hudson Valley Hammers at 7 pm EST. Coming off of a 5-6-3 2021 campaign, the club looks to rebound in 2022 to take all three points in the opening weekend, and get off on the proper foot heading into the summer schedule.
NJ Copa FC will start the season off on the road after the first fixture and head to Fairleigh Dickinson University on Wednesday night to take on the Cedar Stars Rush with an 8 pm EST kickoff for its second game of the season. This match is an important fixture to look at as last year FC Copa was 0-1-1 against the Stars and wants to return the favor this year as they play twice in a matter of a week with NJ Copa FC hosting the Stars Wednesday, June 1.
The June 1st opener is a special day for NJ Copa FC as they host matches this year at St. Joseph’s High School for the 2022 season where they will host 7 matches with the last 6 scheduled games to be at home for Copa as they look to use the home-field advantage to help them finish the end of the season strong.
The USL 2 regular season takes place during the summer months from May to July with each team playing 14 matches against regional competition The top-seeded club and the division's runner up will then have an opportunity to play a team from another division in the playoffs that will take place later in July and continuing to play for a possible USL 2 Championship in early August.