Match preview: Rough Riders at FA Euro New York
Jul 2018

The Long Island Rough Riders, exclusive PDL affiliate of New York City FC, hit the road for the final time this season against FA Euro New York on July 11.

Kickoff is 8 p.m. from Aviator Sports in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Rough Riders come into the match following a 3-2 comeback victory against Evergreen FC on July 7. Charlie Ledula put Long Island ahead in the first minute, but the visitors scored twice to take a 2-1 advantage at halftime. Daniel Elliott tied the score at 2-2 in the 50th minute and the Rough Riders left with all three points on Tyler Botte’s winner in the 80th.

“We showed great character to come back and win the game,” first-year head coach Stephen Roche said. “At this stage of the season we can look past the average performance and be glad we got the three points. It keeps us in the hunt for a playoff spot. It’s still in our own hands which is all you can ask for.”

Long Island improves to 9-4-1 overall and 8-3-1 in the PDL with the victory, snapping a two-game winless skid. The Rough Riders are currently third in the Mid-Atlantic Division with 25 points, trailing unbeaten Reading United AC (11-0-2; 35 points) and New York Red Bulls Under-23 (9-2-1; 28 points). The Rough Riders wrap up their regular season against rivals Red Bulls U-23 on July 13.

FA Euro New York (3-9-0; 9 points) comes into the match following a 2-0 win against Lehigh Valley United on July 7. FA Euro has the second-lowest goals for in the division this season (9) and has allowed the third-most goals (27). Regardless, Roche and the Rough Riders aren’t underestimating their opponent.

“The biggest key now is taking it one game at a time,” Roche said. “FA Euro is always a tough game for us. We will come out of the gates flying. Our players are really up for this one. Training has been brilliant all week. The lads have been brilliant and the intensity we have displayed shows we are ready for a playoff push.”

BY: Michael LoRé
Staff Writer