The Long Island Rough Riders, exclusive USL League Two affiliate of New York City FC, are delighted to announce Dylan Nealis and Sean Zawadzki will join the side for the upcoming 2019 season.
Both players were integral parts in Georgetown University’s second consecutive Big East championship as the Hoyas (13-5-3) advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Nealis, whose brothers Sean and Jimmy played for the Rough Riders, had two goals and seven assists in 21 games (20 starts) this past fall for Georgetown. The senior defender/midfielder was named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-East Region first team.
“Dylan was born and raised on Long Island and we are delighted to welcome him back to the club,” Rough Riders head coach Stephen Roche said. “He’s a fantastic right back who showed his ability this year to create goals going forward as well as being a superb 1-v-1 defender. He’s a future MLS draft pick like his two older brothers.”
Zawadzki, a sophomore midfielder, had one assist in 21 games (13 starts) for the Hoyas as a freshman. The Big East All-Freshman team selection was called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team Under-19 camp from January 4-13.
“Sean is a very exciting young player,” Roche said. “He has the confidence and ability on the ball to dictate the game from midfield. Another one with pro soccer in his future, we are delighted to have him play in Long Island 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