The Long Island Rough Riders return home following a three-game road trip to host the Seacoast United Phantoms at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at Cy Donnelly Field on the campus of St. Anthony’s High School.
Long Island went 1-1-1 on the road trip, most recently drawing 2-2 at Seacoast United on June 4 following the Rough Riders’ first loss of the season the day before at GPS Portland Phoenix.
“The 6-0 loss looks really bad on the surface but if you look at the scoresheet they outshot us 9-8; it was literally one of those games where every shot they took went in,” Rough Riders head coach Flavio Ferri said. “I wanted to challenge the boys to see how they would come out Sunday and I thought we had our best game all year. We were unfortunate not to win the game. We showed good character and spirit coming back after the loss.”
The Rough Riders (3-1-1, 10 points) are fourth in the PDL Eastern Conference Northeast Division behind Seacoast United (16 points), GPS Portland (12 points) and Western Mass (10 points). Long Island began its stretch of three games in five days with a 1-0 win at Westchester on May 31 before a 6-0 loss at GPS Portland on June 3 and draw at Seacoast United the following day.
“I knew it would be a tough stretch,” Ferri said. “In the PDL you’re going to have those, everybody does, but considering they were three consecutive away games and we walked away with four points it wasn’t terrible from a results standpoint. Overall I’m pleased with how we’ve come out of it.”
Flavio confirmed the availability of goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira will be determined closer to Saturday’s game as the goalie has been away training with the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer. Castanheira played in the win at Westchester before leaving the club for the back-to-back matches over the weekend.
The head coach also singled out midfielder Colin Murphy for his play at this point in the season.
“He’s a guy who doesn’t show up on the stat sheet,” Ferri said, “but he’s indispensable with his work rate, distribution and consistency.”
Seacoast United (5-0-1) began the year with five straight wins before drawing with the Rough Riders. Terence Carter and Donnett Sackie lead the Phantoms with three goals apiece.
“It’s important being back at home and getting all three points,” Ferri said. “If we do, it keeps us near the top of the division which is where we want to be.”
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