PLAINVIEW, N.Y. – (Monday, Feb. 12, 2018) – The Long Island Rough Riders, exclusive PDL affiliate of New York City FC, today have announced Pedro Suarez as the franchise’s general manager.
Suarez, currently director of business development and operations at Globall Concepts, the Rough Riders’ parent company, replaces general manager Flavio Ferri, who has left the organization to pursue other opportunities outside of the PDL.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to contribute positively to Globall Concepts and now step up even more so to contribute to this storied franchise and the men’s and women’s teams, which are both coming off of successful 2017 campaigns,” Suarez said. “With the new role I’ll be able to further implement the efforts and initiatives I helped promote in my prior position.”
A native of Long Island, Suarez has more than 10 years of experience in the New York sports market. Suarez has held ticketing and commercial roles with New York City FC, the New York Mets, and New York Lizards (Major League Lacrosse) prior to joining Globall and the Rough Riders. At NYCFC, he saw the value of the Long Island market and made it a point of emphasis to bridge the gap between the two.
Suarez’s experience and relationship with NYCFC will be utilized to strengthen the affiliation between the Major League Soccer club and the Rough Riders.
Ferri, who also has served as Long Island men’s head coach, has been involved with the Rough Riders since his playing days in 1996-97. Ferri coached the men’s team in 2006 before being named the organization’s general manager a year later. He returned to the sidelines in 2017 as GM/men’s head coach, leading the team to a 10-2-5 record and berth in the PDL Eastern Conference Final.
“I have known Flavio since we played together in the USL,” said Peter Zaratin, president of Globall Concepts. “It’s great to have helped him advance his career as both a coach and a successful general manager. Flavio will always be considered one of the leading Rough Riders’ members who has helped advance the franchise both on and off the field.”
“Flavio has been a constant figure with the Rough Riders organization for nearly 20 years as both a player and coach,” Suarez said. “We cannot thank him enough for his dedicated service and wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors.”
BY: Michael LoRé