PLAINVIEW, N.Y. – The Long Island Rough Riders, exclusive PDL affiliate of New York City Football Club, today are pleased to announce the signings of Daniel Bedoya, Tyler Botte, and Daniel Gwyther for the upcoming 2018 season.
Bedoya, Botte, and Gwyther join captain Tom Wharf and vice captain Shaun Foster on the roster. Bedoya, a midfielder, had four goals and three assists during the 2017 regular season.
“Daniel is an exciting player,” first-year Rough Riders coach Stephen Roche said. “He creates and will pitch in with goals as well. I’m expecting big things from him this season.”
Botte, a versatile player who can play forward or defense, added two goals and three assists last season. Roche said he will be utilized up top this summer.
“He is a threat in the box and is a handful for any defender,” Roche said. “He is honest, hard working, and willing to put his head in where it hurts. He will get us goals this season no doubt.
Gwyther, the 2016 Rough Riders Player of the Year, has been a stalwart on defense since joining the organization in 2012.
“Dan is a veteran of the club whose experience will be invaluable to our younger players,” Roche said. “He will be another one who will help me off the field and on the training ground.”
All three players were integral parts in propelling the Rough Riders to a 10-2-5 record en route to the 2017 Eastern Conference Final. Long Island, which finished runner-up in the Northeast Division, defeated Mid-Atlantic winners New York Red Bulls U-23 in an Eastern Conference play-in game. The Rough Riders beat the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, winners of the South Division, in the conference semifinals, before losing to eventual PDL champion Charlotte on penalty kicks in the Eastern Conference Final.
Long Island opens the 2018 season on the road against New York Red Bulls Under-23 at 7 p.m. May 12 at Red Bulls Training Facility in Whippany, N.J.
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BY: Michael LoRé