The Long Island Rough Riders, exclusive USL League Two affiliate of New York City FC, are pleased to announce Noah Hutchins, Matt Vasquenza, Matt Sloan, Cornell Holland and Rob Leamy have re-signed with the club for the upcoming 2019 season.
The versatile Hutchins had one goal and one assist in 13 games last season for the Rough Riders, who went 10-5-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the PDL. The University of Kentucky graduate was one of the club’s 2018 Player of the Year nominees.
“Noah became a very important player for us last season, playing multiple positions,” head coach Stephen Roche said. “A great character off the field, he’s loved by his teammates. I look forward to working with Noah again this season.”
Also returning for 2019 is Vasquenza, a Xavier University graduate. The forward who spent the past fall playing in Spain’s third division had one goal on seven shots for Long Island in 2018. He had 26 goals and 17 assists in 79 games (58 starts) in his collegiate career.
“Matt is a player with a lot of promise and the ability to score goals,” Roche said. “He’s looking to break into the professional game here after a great couple of months in Europe.”
Sloan, a defender at American University, made 10 appearances for the Rough Riders last season. Returning for his third season with the club, the Long Island native played in 18 games (15 starts) for the Eagles this past fall, notching one goal and two assists.
“Matt is a tough-tackling, hard-nosed center back who loves defending,” Roche said. “Matt has gotten better every time he comes back for the summer and we look forward to seeing how he has developed since last season.”
Holland, a midfielder, logged more than 300 minutes in six games after joining the Rough Riders midway through the 2018 season. He concluded his collegiate career at the College of Charleston with two goals and one assist in 15 games (five starts) this past fall.
“He’s talented on the ball with a great eye for a pass,” Roche said. “Cornell will be looking to prove to us all what he is capable of this summer.”
Leamy, a rising sophomore goalkeeper at UMass, returns for his second season. Another local player, Leamy was a three-year starter at Saint Anthony’s High School, captaining the team his senior year.
“Rob has a lot of potential,” Roche said, “and he’s another player we look forward to seeing his progress over the last year.”
The Rough Riders begin their 2019 USL League Two campaign against league newcomers Cedar Stars Rush on Saturday, May 11. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. from Hofstra University Soccer Stadium.
BY: Michael LoRé