2018 Year in review
Dec 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, we thought it would be fun to look back on some of the highlights from the past year.

Both the men’s PDL team and women’s UWS side welcomed new coaches, Danny Bedoya signed with parent club NYCFC, Dylan Castanheira was invited to the 2019 MLS Combine, and more.

Here are some of the best moments for the Long Island Rough Riders organization from 2018.

Bedoya signs with NYCFC

The Path2Pro couldn’t have been more evident than when midfielder Danny Bedoya signed with parent club New York City FC. Bedoya’s performance during a scrimmage between the Long Island Rough Riders and NYCFC resulted in him being invited to train with the Major League Soccer organization. From there, he continued to impress, eventually signing a free agent contract with the club on Aug. 9.

“I tell people, just don’t give up and keep working for what you want because you never know who is watching,” Bedoya said.

Debut seasons for Roche and Diallo

A pair of former players returned to the organization to assume head coaching roles of the men’s PDL team and women’s UWS side for the 2018 season.

Stephen Roche, who played for the Rough Riders from 2013-17, was named men’s head coach on Feb. 13. Roche guided the team into the second round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and a 10-5-1 overall record (9-4-1 PDL), finishing just outside of the playoffs.

Karim Diallo, who helped lead the Rough Riders to the 2002 USL D3 Pro League title, was named head coach of the women’s team on May 7. Diallo guided the women to a 5-3-2 record, finishing tied for third in the division.

Castanheira invited to MLS Player Combine

For the second consecutive season, the Rough Riders will be represented at the MLS Player Combine. Goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira is one of 60 players invited to the 2019 MLS Player Combine in Orlando. Forward Arthur Bosua and defender Andre Morrison represented the club at the Combine last year; Morrison was then drafted by Toronto FC in the third round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

“It was always a goal of mine to put myself in a position where I would have the opportunity to go to the Combine and showcase my ability,” Castanheira said.

Savarese leads Timbers to MLS Cup berth

Rough Riders alum Giovanni Savarese guided the Portland Timbers to the 2018 MLS Cup on Dec. 8 in his first year in charge. Portland lost 2-0 to Atlanta United FC.

Savarese was an integral part in Long Island’s 1995 USISL championship side, scoring 23 goals en route to earning regular-season and postseason MVP accolades. He scored the match winner in stoppage time in the final to give the Rough Riders, founded just a year prior, their first national championship.

BY: Michael LoRé
Staff Writer