The Long Island Rough Riders, exclusive PDL affiliate of New York City FC, look to remain unbeaten in league play this season as they welcome the Ocean City Nor’easters on May 19.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Michael J. Tully Park in North Hempstead, N.Y.
The Rough Riders (2-1-0) opened their PDL account with a 3-1 win at New York Red Bulls Under-23 on May 12, but are coming off a 5-0 loss to Louisville City FC (USL) in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup second round on May 16. While the result wasn’t there against Louisville City FC, first-year head coach Stephen Roche was proud of his players’ work rate, and believes it will carry over into Saturday’s match.
“We are very excited for Saturday,” Roche said. “Ocean City is a great team coming off a great Cup win and will be full of confidence. It’s a chance for us to bounce back straight away. We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves and dwell on Wednesday. We have to move on and focus on Saturday and that’s what we are doing.”
The Nor’easters (3-0-0) toppled FA Euro New York 2-1 in their PDL opener on May 13 and followed that up with a 3-1 win against the Charlotte Independence (USL) in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup on May 16.
Saturday’s match is vital for Long Island because not only is it the 2018 home opener, but also the team’s only home league match for nearly a month. Following this match, the Rough Riders embark on a three-match roadtrip: at FA Euro New York (May 22), at Evergreen FC (June 2), and at Ocean City (June 3).
“We had a great turnout at Massapequa for our Open Cup first-round win against Kingston Stockade FC,” Roche said. “Hopefully those fans enjoyed the game and come and support us on Saturday. We need that support base to help us achieve a strong home-field advantage.”
BY: Michael LoRé