The Long Island Rough Riders, the exclusive USL League Two affiliate of New York City FC, are pleased to announce the signings of James Madison University trio Tim Estermann, Manuel Ferriol and Niclas Mohr for the upcoming 2019 season.
“JMU had an incredible season in 2018 and Manu, Tim and Niclas were a huge part of their success,” Rough Riders head coach Stephen Roche said.
Estermann, a junior midfielder/forward from Switzerland, had three goals in 23 appearances (seven starts) last fall for the Dukes (15-5-3), who advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. He scored two goals in 13 seconds against Gardner-Webb on Aug. 24.
“Tim is a dynamic midfielder with an incredible engine,” Roche said. “He will be incredibly important with and without the ball.”
Ferriol, a junior midfielder from Spain, lead the No. 10 Dukes, who won the 2018 Colonial Athletic Association title, with a career-high nine goals and five assists for 23 points in 16 games. The First Team All-Atlantic Region and second team All-CAA player scored three goals in the first two rounds of the 2018 NCAA Championship, with a brace against High Point and another tally against University of North Carolina.
“Manu is one of the best college players in the country with his ability to score and create goals,” Roche said.
Mohr, a junior defender/midfielder from Germany, had four assists and one goal in 20 appearances (12 starts) this past campaign. He scored in the 2-1 NCAA quarterfinal loss to Michigan State and had a pair of assists in a 4-0 win against the University of Delaware on Sept. 26.
“Niclas, who can play in a number of positions, is a very consistent and hard-working player with an excellent left foot,” Roche said. “All three will play a huge part in any success the Rough Riders have this summer.”
The Rough Riders begin their 2019 USL League Two campaign against league newcomers Cedar Stars Rush on Saturday, May 11. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. from Hofstra University Soccer Stadium.
BY: Michael LoRé