The Long Island Rough Riders have some important business to take care of prior to beginning the 2018 Premier Development League season.
“With the U.S. Open Cup it’s win or go home, but that’s the type of pressure we all want to be involved in,” Rough Riders first-year head coach Stephen Roche said. “We are all very excited and looking forward to the challenge Wednesday night.
“A good result will propel us into our PDL campaign Saturday.”
Long Island, the exclusive PDL affiliate of New York City FC, is in the U.S. Open Cup — in its 105th edition — for the first time since 2016. The Rough Riders earned a berth in the 94-team, eight-round knockout tournament after going 10-2-5 last season en route to the PDL Eastern Conference Final. The Rough Riders lost to eventual PDL champion Charlotte on penalty kicks.
Founded in 2015, Kingston Stockade FC plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The 2017 Atlantic White Conference winners lost in the NPSL Regional Semifinal to Clarkstown SC Eagles (now known as FC Motown).
A major focus for the Rough Riders against Kingston Stockade is starting well and settling into the game quickly.
“We have a number of experienced players who won’t be fazed by the night,” Roche said. “The younger guys need to settle in and then show us what they are capable of.”
Louisville City FC awaits the winner of this first-round match in the second round on May 16.
“Everyone is very excited to get going and there is no better way to start a season than with a huge game in the U.S. Open Cup,” Roche said.
BY: Michael LoRé