The month of September marks a plethora of changes. Yes, soccer is almost back and that means the commencement of the Long Island Rough Riders Academy season is here. With tryouts officially in the rear view mirror, we could not be more excited to build on a triumphant first year.
Being youth affiliates with NYCFC (New York City Football Club of the MLS) has been very beneficial to the program, as it has provided the Rough Riders access to the newly formed ADL (Affiliate Development League). The league is designed to have Academy teams compete against other NYCFC academies with player development, respect, and enjoyment as the primary objectives.
“This is just the second year of the program and already there have been noticeable improvements in the standards and structure. Some minor adjustments have been added from last year’s learning curve which saw the league begin to take shape in terms of its curriculum, identification process and oversight from NYCFC and City Football Group,” said Gerry Lucey, Academy Director and Rough Riders Director of Coaching.
Lucey went on to say that being affiliated with NYCFC will prove to be extremely impactful for the kids. He explained that being a part of NYCFC should attract more young talent to the Long Island Rough Riders and allow the Academy to grow and improve significantly going forward.
“The anticipation is that NYCFC will continue growing as a club in and around NYC which will help spread their name. This year they are top of the table and playing some very attractive soccer. Our intention is to closely follow their academy model in terms of curriculum and standards and elevate the Rough Riders into a position that will positively enhance the soccer paths of young, talented and driven players.”
It’s evident that expectations for this Academy season are high. With a loaded pool of talent from all of Long Island, the three teams that make up the Academy are slated to have another exciting season in the ADL. Get ready for a ride folks, because it’s going to be a fun one!