Huntington, NY – The Long Island Rough Riders faced their first defeat this season, as the Real Monarchs eliminated them, through a lucky goal.
The game started strong as both teams were fighting for their dream from the first minute on. A Real Monarch’s foul on Joe Holland, who had to leave the field bleeding, in the 5th minute led to a free kick and first chance for the Rough Riders.
458 spectators had the chance to experience a captivating soccer game at CY Donnelly Stadium, as the Real Monarchs started off with a lot of possession with their first chance in the 12th minute. The Rough Riders looking strong defensively, continued to give the Real Monarchs a hard time as Foster and Wharf cleared every ball.
The Real Monarchs, playing really rough, got lucky not to be carded after a tough tackle by former Rough Rider Tyler Arnone in the 17th minute. Just 2 minutes later, Rough Rider goalkeeper Joe Martin saved a free kick from about 15 yards out, breathtakingly.
Keeping the score even, Martin continued his game strong, saving two great shots by Real Monarch’s #9 Rumhofer. The Rough Riders came closer, creating more chances towards the end of the first half but did not manage to finish as well. The first half came to a close after another great shot by Rumhofer in the 45th minute.
As the second half started, the game began to open up more, creating several chances on both sides. Holland, now playing up front, Holland created several great chances for the Rough Riders.
Unfortunately, it was yet again him, getting injured in the 67th minute. This time, a rip injury resulted in Holland having to leave the field, being substituted by Junior Rosero.
The 77th minute marked the first and only goal of the day. Real Monarch’s Velazco scored the 0 – 1 after Foster unluckily lost the ball, putting it past Martin leaving Velazco with the ball and an empty goal.
As the Rough Riders were pressing for the tie, the game continued tough with many fouls on both sides.
Just one minute before the end of the official time, a shot by Glen Reid from the right wing missed the far post by just a few inches.
The Rough Riders brought everyone to the front as the clock counted down the last minutes of the 5 minutes extra time. Even goalkeeper Martin went up, trying to score the tie but the Rough Riders stayed unlucky not being able get the ball into the Monarchs net.
A free kick by Whitcomb marked the last Rough Riders chance of the day, leaving the Rough Riders with their first loss of the season being eliminated by the Real Monarchs.
This was the first ever match between these two opponents and a special one for former Rough Rider and Long Island original Tyler Arnone, who played for the Rough Riders as recent as 2014.
„Although disappointed with the result, I am proud of our team’s performance,“ said Rough Riders General Manager Flavio Ferri. „We now have to pick our heads up and focus on our PDL season.“
The Rough Riders men will resume USL PDL competition on Saturday May 23 at 7.30 PM, when they take on F.A. Euro at Belson Stadium, during their first road trip of the Season.
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BOX SCORE First Half Final
Long Island Rough Riders 0 0
Real Monarchs 0 1
77’ minute: Real Monarchs: #10 Ricardo Velazco
Weather: partly cloudy
About the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 101 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
About the Long Island Rough Riders
The Long Island Rough Riders have established themselves as one of North America’s premier soccer franchises. Since their inception in 1994, the Rough Riders have won four National Championships playing in the United Soccer Leagues. The Men’s and Women’s teams have featured many star athletes over the years, including U.S. National Team members, MLS All-Stars, and renowned international players many of whom have represented their country in World Cups.
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