The Long Island Rough Riders stayed undefeated in this year’s Super-20 Championships, which were held this past weekend in Bradenton Florida. Rough Riders Junior Rosero was awarded with the golden booth of the competition, honoring his great goal scoring ability and contribution to the team’s success.
“This year we had a strong team represent the Rough Riders organization at the Super 20 National Tournament,” said Coach Dayna Mandolese. “We played 3 very competitive group games and remained undefeated. The result just didn’t go the way would have liked but we are very proud of the way our team performed. It was a great experience and we are now better prepared knowing what we need to do for next season.”
In their first game, the team earned a great 3 – 1 victory against the IMG Academy. Junior Rosero scored both goals for the Rough Riders. The team’s second game against Parsippany SC kicked off just a few hours later, at 3PM on Friday July 17th and ended it a 2-2 draw. Both games were delayed due to rain and thunder.
In their final group stage game against Potomac SC the team tied 3 – 3. The game started off with another great goal by Junior Rosero after an assist by Daniel Friend in the 13th minute before Potomac tied the game at halftime. 53 minutes into the game, just minutes after Potomac’s Scodari scored the 2 – 1, the game was delayed due to thunder. After a 2 hour delay, Rosero gave two assists as Brendan Reardon and Shane McLaughlin brought the Rough Riders to the front again. Ten minutes before the end of the official time, it was Osei-Wusu with his second goal of the game, bringing it to a final score of 3 – 3. Despite staying undefeated, the Long Island Rough Riders U20 were knocked out of the Super-20 Championship. In the end, it was the IMG Academy who moved on to the Super-20 Championships finals after a 3 – 0 victory against Parsippany SC and a final of 6 points out of 3 games.
“The Super-20 league is very difficult to compete in not only due to the level of play, but also the multiple variables that come with playing a regional schedule during the short summer weeks,” said Rough Riders General manager Flavio Ferri. “We were very impressed with the season and the team’s showing at the Super-20 Championships. On behalf of the Long Island Rough Riders organization, we would like to congratulate our U20s on their accomplishments!”
The Long Island Rough Riders are proud of their accomplishment and are looking forward to competing for the championship in the upcoming season.