Charlie Ledula signs with New York Cosmos
Apr 2019

Charlie Ledula, the Long Island Rough Riders 2018 Player of the Year, will continue his career with the New York Cosmos, the National Premier Soccer League side announced.

The midfielder/forward led the Rough Riders in scoring last season with 12 goals in all competitions, including 10 in the Premier Development League (now USL League Two).

“Charlie’s a player who brings another dimension to our club,” Cosmos coach Carlos Mendes said. “He’s got incredible speed and a great engine who will be able to open games up for us.”

Making his mark early by scoring twice in the 6-3 aet victory over Kingston Stockade FC in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Ledula scored in every other PDL match during a seven-game stretch from May 19 to June 16 as Long Island continued to battle for the top spot in the PDL Mid-Atlantic Conference.

He had six goals in the final six matches — including braces in a 2-1 win against Lehigh Valley United on June 23 and in a 4-3 loss to New York Red Bulls Under-23 on June 30 — as the Rough Riders finished the campaign 10-5-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the PDL, falling just short of the playoffs.

Ledula, who found the back of the net four times in the final four matches, was named to the 2018 PDL All-Eastern Conference first team as a result of his standout season.

The Cosmos, which went 10-0-0 during last year’s NPSL regular season while capturing the North Atlantic Conference title, open their 2019 campaign on April 27 against New York Athletic Club.

BY: Michael LoRé
Staff Writer