The Long Island Rough Riders, exclusive PDL affiliate of New York City FC, fell just short of qualifying for the 2018 PDL playoffs. Long Island certainly enjoyed a positive season, finishing 10-5-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the PDL.
Here are the five nominees for the Rough Riders 2018 PDL Player of the Year.
Ledula, who was named to the All-Eastern Conference Team, led the Rough Riders in scoring with 12 goals in all competitions, including 10 in the PDL.
“He is one of the most most likable people I have come across in my years in soccer,” first-year head coach Stephen Roche said. “He works extremely hard and over the next few months we will be working alongside him to help push him to the professional level where he belongs.”
The defender was a mainstay on the back line in his first season with the club. Oland registered the second-most minutes played (1,140).
“Excellent with and without the ball, Jørgen showed all the tools necessary to play at the next level,” Roche said. “I look forward to seeing him flourish this upcoming college season at Fordham University.”
The veteran was an ever-present figure in the heart of the Long Island midfield, leading the team with 1,226 minutes played. The vice captain showcased his heart and determination by battling through a back injury the entire season.
“Our younger players love playing with him and learning from him,” Roche said. “Fozzy is a great presence on and off the field.”
The versatile player, in his first season with the Rough Riders, stepped up to fill in various roles around the field when injuries started piling up this season.
“Noah was asked to play four or five different positions this season and it never fazed him,” Roche said. “I’m looking forward to working with Noah again next season.”
The Rough Riders captain continues to lead on and off the field, setting an example for the team’s younger players. Anchored defense that allowed 16 goals, which was second-best in the Mid-Atlantic Division.
“Tom is another veteran who the younger players love to play with and learn from,” Roche said. “He loves to defend which is a trait lost on younger players, but he’s also very comfortable on the ball. Another very strong season for Wharf.”
BY: Michael LoRé