Veteran Duo Return for 2016 Season
The Long Island Rough Riders are pleased to announce their first two signings of the 2016 PDL season. Coming off a successful run to the playoffs in 2015, veterans Danny Kramer and Daniel Gwyther have rejoined the Riders in hopes of inspiring another post-season run. Both players will play a crucial role in mentoring a very balanced side, one that will include a combination of proven veterans and young collegiate stars.
“This is a very professional group and there’s a big mix in the way we play. We have a balance of high quality veterans with young guys”, said Kramer, a Rough Rider since 2008. Also a coach, the Long Island native is adamant that fans can expect entertaining, yet unpredictable styles of play this summer and they will be very adaptable. “We are trying to get kids at a younger age to play the right way. The best teams are the ones that can play both ways: you have to find a good balance. That’s us right now.”
Similar sentiments from Gwyther imply that the team is very clear about their approach heading into 2016 and he will take on a similar role as mentor in his fifth season. The ex-Fulham youth product and Cambridge graduate is comfortable leading men of all ages: he is the Head Coach at SUNY Maritime, when he is not busy working in the world of finance.
“Most of the squad returns in 2016 and we will be looking to add a couple more pieces, but the quality will be high”, said the 29-year-old of how he sees the consistency of the squad. “I fully expect us to be competing for conference champions.”
Both members of the Long Island Rough Riders community were also keen to discuss the new relationship with New York City FC of Major League Soccer and the impact it will have on the club. The Riders became an official youth affiliate of NYCFC and the potential for development of future players has given even the most elite players something to talk about.
“A lot of kids will see it as potential for moving up the ladder. They are going to be the LA Galaxy of the east eventually”, said Coach Gwyther of the youth affiliate program. Despite being a Chelsea supporter, he is excited about the developmental relationship born out of the City Football Group. “It was the best opportunity to partner up with them. From a player point of view, it’s really a good partnership.”
Based on consistency and experience, Rider fans can expect a pretty good partnership from Kramer and Gwyther as well. The season opens May 7th and a variety of tickets are available online now.