Long Island Rough Riders midfielder Justin Carfora has been invited to trial with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League, Rough Riders men’s coach Flavio Ferri confirmed.
Carfora, a senior at College of the Holy Cross, will trial with the Riverhounds from Jan. 11-12 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.
“It means a lot to me and I really have to credit my teammates, my coaches, and my family for always believing in me,” said Carfora, a two-year captain with the Crusaders. “Getting invited to this trial, I think it says that I am able to compete at a very high level, and playing at Holy Cross and with the Rough Riders has really helped me grow as a player.”
Carfora was an integral part of the midfield during the 2017 season with Long Island, helping propel the Rough Riders to the PDL Eastern Conference Final. He continued his success in the fall at Holy Cross, being named to the All-Patriot League Men’s Soccer Second Team.
“Justin is the prototypical box-to-box midfielder,” Ferri said. “Apart from being a relentless ball winner, he is always working to be an outlet through the midfield. He always adds positive energy to the team and makes players around him better.”
The Riverhounds contacted Carfora following his performance in front of scouts and coaches at the 2017 Midwest Pro Soccer Combine on Dec. 18-19 in Brighton, Mich.
Carfora, who boasts great technical skills, passing ability, tackling, and awareness in the center of the field, said he plans to do his best to stand out at the trial not only by showcasing his skill set, but also through his yeoman-like workrate.
“Throughout my career I have always prided myself and my game on hard work, which is what I believe has taken me this far,” he said.
BY: Michael LoRé