The Rough Riders finished their 2019 season third in the Mid Atlantic Division. The team ended their season with a 3-3 tie against the Ocean City Nor’easters, adding to a total of 8 ties in the season. The Rough Riders went 5-1-8 totaling 23 points.  Matthew Sloon led the team with 6 goals, followed by Manuel Ferriol who collected 5 goals and 4 assists.

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2019 USL League Two Season Recap

Season - 2018

With former player Stephen Roche now in charge, the Rough Riders went 10-5-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the PDL, finishing in third place in their return to the Mid Atlantic Division. Charlie Ledula lead the team with 12 goals in all competitions (10 PDL).

Long Island began the season with a 6-3 aet win against Kingston Stockade FC in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Rough Riders won their first four league matches, defeating New York Red Bulls Under-23 (3-1), Ocean City Nor’easters (1-0), FA Euro New York (1-0), and Evergreen FC (5-1).

In the offseason, midfielder Daniel Bedoya signed with New York City FC on Aug. 9.

Season - 2017

The Rough Riders went 10-2-5, finishing runner-up in the Northeast Division. Long Island defeated Mid-Atlantic winners Red Bulls U-23 in an Eastern Conference play-in game. The Rough Riders beat the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, winners of the South Division, in the conference semifinals, before losing to eventual PDL champion Charlotte on penalty kicks in the Eastern Conference Final.


Season - 2016

The Rough Riders finish third in the Northeast Division with a record of 6-5-3 (21 points). Long Island had the third-best offense in the division with 26 goals scored.

Season - 2015

2015teamThe Rough Riders finished their 2015 season in second place in the Eastern Conference of the Mid Atlantic Division. With an overall record of 9-4-1 and 28 points, the team advanced to the PDL playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The semifinal match against the Jersey Express remained scoreless up until the 48th minute when Danny Kramer’s shot from inside the penalty box put the Rough Riders ahead by one. A minute later, the Express got on the scoreboard with the equalizer goal. The Express took the lead in the 52nd minute and provided another goal in the 76th minute, going on to defeat the Rough Riders 3-1.

In the offseason, former Rough Riders player, Tim Parker, made his Major League Soccer playoff debut for the Vancouver Whitecaps against the Portland Timbers in early November. Parker also earned his first call-up to the United States National Team training camp in January that included international friendlies versus Canada and Iceland.

Season - 2014

2014seasonThe Rough Riders concluded the 2014 season with an overall record of 8-4-2, finishing in third place of the Mid Atlantic Division and four points out from solidifying a spot in the playoffs.

Season - 2013

2013TeamIn 2013, the Rough Riders had a tough 7-5-2 season, finishing in 5th place of the Mid Atlantic Division, failing to qualify for the post season and U.S. Open Cup.

The offseason saw a former Rough Rider, James Nealis, get drafted in to MLS. Nealis, a four year collegiate player for the Georgetown Hoyas was drafted by the Houston Dynamo in the 37th round of the MLS Draft in Indiana.

Season - 2012

2012SeasonIn 2012, the Rough Riders welcomed back two star players as captain Danny Kramer and former Major League Soccer player, Gary Flood, made their return for the PDL season with the club.

The team finished in fifth place with an overall record of 6-7-3. The Rough Riders made an appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and they advanced to the second round where they were defeated 2-0 by Harrisburg City Islanders.

Season - 2011

2011TeamThe Rough Riders finished the 2011 regular season having a 12-1-3 record. They finished top of the Eastern Conference in the Mid-Atlantic Division which solidified a spot in the post-season.

In their first playoff appearance since 2009, the Rough Riders went on to defeat the New Hampshire Phantoms 3-2 as Dominick Sarle netted a hat trick in the USL Premier Developmental League’s Eastern Conference Championships. The Rough Riders post-season continued as they advanced to the PDL Eastern Conference Championship against Mid Atlantic Division rivals, Jersey Express.

A late second half goal came in the 84th minute by midfielder Stephan Barea and the Rough Riders moved on to the PDL Championship semifinal match against the Laredo Heat.  In the semifinal, the Rough Riders had a two goal advantage by the end of the first half. The Heat applied pressure on the Rough Riders from the start of the second half, scoring the first goal in the 50th minute and just six minutes later, scoring the equalizer goal in the 56th minute. A late second half goal secured the victory for the Rough Riders and it came in the 84th minute by Barea as he volleyed the ball into the back of the net off of a cross from midfielder, Danny Kramer. The Rough Riders advanced to the PDL Semifinal match where their post-season run ended with a 4-1 defeat against the Laredo Heat.

Season - 2010

2010TeamThe Rough Riders finished the 2010 season in 4th place in the Mid Atlantic Division with an 8-4-3 record.

They made their fifth U.S. Open Cup appearance and advanced to the second round for the first time since 1997 when they defeated the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. They opened up the first round against the New York Pancyprian Freedoms. The Long Island Rough Riders took the lead in the first half as Danny Kramer put the ball in the back of the net off of a cross from Ben Arikian. In the second half, the Rough Riders added another goal as Kramer sent in a cross to former Columbus Crew player, Alex Grendi. Grendi took a shot that went past the Freedom’s goalkeeper. The Rough Riders went on to advance to the second round, where they were defeated by the Harrisburg City Islanders.

In December, the Rough Riders traveled to Bermuda as they were invited by the Bermuda Football Association to participate in its BFA Christmas 2010 tour, a holiday tournament for its local and international clubs. The Rough Riders played against Bermuda’s Under 20 World Cup National Team, The Dandy Town Hornets and Bermuda’s defending Premier Division League Champions.

Season - 2009

2009 TeamIn 2009, the Rough Riders finished second place in the Northeast Division with an overall record of 12-2-2. The team failed to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup but clinched a spot in the divisional playoffs.

The Rough Riders opened the first round of the Premier Developmental League (PDL) Playoffs against the Ocean City Barons. Despite a barrage of constant pressure by the Riders, the Barons were able to prevail 2-0, ending the Rough Riders postseason.

Future Red Bulls goalie Ryan Meara made 10 appearances for the side this season.

Season - 2008

The Rough Riders men finished two points out of a playoff spot in the Northeast Division.2008 The offseason saw Mike Grella (Toronto) and Alex Grendi (Columbus) selected in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.

In January, Grella decided to sign with storied English club Leeds United (League One). Former Rough Riders defender Paul Robson was also given a trial at Crystal Palace of the Coca-Cola Championship (England).

Season - 2007

The Rough Riders dropped a division and begin play in the USL Premier Developmental League under head coach Dan Fisher. They ended the season fourth in the Northeast Division and made it to the first round of the U.S. Open Cup, losing 1-0 to USL-1 side, Rochester Rhinos.

Future Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia made seven appearances for Long Island during the season.

Season - 2006

men-season-2006The Rough Riders had a rough season in 2006, finishing the year last in the division with just  three wins and fifteen goals. This would be the last season that the Rough Riders played at the professional level within the USL.

Season - 2005

In 2005, the Rough Riders moved up to the USL 2nd Division, finishing tied for 6th in their Division and making it to the 2nd round of the U.S. Open Cup, losing 4-0 to the Ocean City Barons.

During their annual convention, the USL honored the Rough Riders franchise as the team celebrated its tenth season as a part of the USL.

Season - 2004

men-season-2004The 2004 season marked the return of two former Rough Riders; Jim Rooney from the New England Revolution and MLS star Giovanni Savarese, who had been playing overseas.  The team had a tough 8-11-1 season, finishing 3rd in the Atlantic Division, and failing to make both the playoffs and U.S. Open Cup.

Season - 2003

men-season-2003In 2003, the Rough Riders moved to the USL Pro Select League, ending the season 1st in the Atlantic Division.

The team made its way to the Regional Finals, losing to the New Jersey Stallions on penalty kicks. The Rough Riders also lost 2-1 in the 2nd Round of the U.S. Open Cup to the Mid-Michigan Bucks.

Season - 2002

men-season-2002In 2002, the Rough Riders moved down to the Second Division USL D-3 Pro League, ending the season in 1st place of the Atlantic Division and eventually becoming the D-3 Pro League National Champions. After the losing season that the Rough Riders had in 2001 and losing 5-0 against archrivals New York Freedoms on June 15, 2002, winning was not expected.  However things turned around after a 5-1 victory over the Connecticut Wolves on July 17 and the Rough Riders moved into second place.

Things continued to go their way as the Rough Riders took the Atlantic Conference lead after a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Stallions. In an encore game against the Stallions two days later, the Rough Riders clinched the conference title and playoff home-field advantage with a 4-1 win.

In the quarterfinal match against the Freedoms, the Rough Riders held a 2-2 tie after 120 minutes, finally winning 4-3 in penalty kicks.  The Rough Riders played their semifinal game against the Wolves shorthanded, but still came out with an amazing 3-0 victory. In the championship game against the Hammerheads, the Rough Riders held a 1-1 tie until the 82nd minute, when Derrick Etienne scored the winning goal.

Season - 2001

The Rough Riders ended the 2001 season in 6th place of the Northern Division and last place of the A-League.

Season - 2000

men-season-2000The 2000 season ended with the Rough Riders having a 16-9 record.  They finished top of the Northeast Division, and made it to the Conference Quarterfinals of the playoffs before losing to the Toronto Lynx. In the annual “Grapple for the Apple IV,” the Rough Riders lost a 2-0 lead against the MetroStars for final score of 4-2.

Season - 1999

In 1999, the Rough Riders had an 18-9 season. They finished 3rd in the Northeast Division, and made it to the Conference Quarterfinals of the playoffs.

Season - 1998

Under leadership of new coach Paul Riley, the Rough Riders ended their 1998 season with a 17-11 record. They finished 4th place in the Northeast Division and made it to the Conference Quarterfinals of the playoffs.

Season - 1997

men-season-1997The 1997 season began with the merger of the USISL and the APSL, where the Rough Riders decided to move up into the A-League. The team did well, ending the 16-12 season 2nd in the division, and making it into the Division Finals of the Playoffs and the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

In July’s “Grapple for the Apple,” the Rough Riders played against their cross-river rivals and MLS affiliate, the NY/NJ Metrostars at Hofstra.  Although a friendly match, the Rough Riders took the game seriously, and came out to beat the Metros 2-1.  During the summer’s U.S. Open Cup, the Rough Riders beat the Bridgeport Italians with a score of 1-0, and eventually triumphed over a 3-1 deficit to beat the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup round of 16 with a score of 4-3.  The Rough Riders ended their U.S. Open Cup play in the quarterfinals against the MetroStars; after battling 90 minutes in regulation with a scoreless tie, the Rough Riders lost in sudden death overtime 1-0.

Season - 1996

men-season-1996After losing several players due to the creation of the MLS, the Rough Riders still had a successful 16-7 season. The Rough Riders were in the USISL Select League and ended the season 1st ina the Atlantic Division. They made it through to the semifinals of the playoffs where they lost to the Richmond Kickers.

Season - 1995

men-season-1995In the team’s second year, future United States national team goalkeeper Tony Meola, Jim Rooney, future New York Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas, and future Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese helped the Rough Riders finish the season with a 20-2 record. Savarese would later be named the USISL regular season and playoff MVP.

The season started with a 2-1 loss against the Charleston Battery. The Rough Riders battled
back to beat the Myrtle Beach Boys 4-1 and Rhode Island Stingrays 1-0. In their home opener, the Rough Riders won a 5-0 game against the Albany Alleycats. From then on, the wins kept on coming as the team ended up closing their home schedule 11-0 for the season, including an exhibition game against the U.S. Olympic team where the Rough Riders had a 3-0 victory.

In the round of 16 game against the Monterey Bay Jaguars, the Rough Riders pulled a 2-1 victory. The Rough Riders won their quarterfinal match against the New Mexico Chiles 4-1, and headed into the finals after beating the Tampa Bay Cyclones 5-2 in the semis. In the final game against the Minnesota Thunder, things were looking to go into extra time as a minute remained and the score remained tied at 1-1. With 6 seconds left in regulation, Savarese scored the winning goal.  Led by coach Alfonso Mondelo, the team won its first USISL Championship.

Season - 1994

men-season-1994The Rough Riders came into existence in 1994 and joined the United Soccer Leagues as part of the USISL. They ended their inaugural season with a 15-5 record, and made it as far as the semifinals of the championship playoffs, before losing 2-1.