Long Island Rough Riders
is an American soccer
team based in South Huntington, New York
, United States
. Founded in 1994, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League
(PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid
, in the Mid Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
The team plays its home games at Cy Donnelly Stadium
on the campus of St. Anthony's High School
, where they have played since 2009. The team's colors are white and blue.
The team has a sister organization, the Long Island Rough Riders Women
, who play in the women's USL W-League
, and also enters a team in the Super-20 League
, a league for players 17 to 20 years of age run under the United Soccer Leagues
Early Years in the USISL
The Rough Riders played their first season in 1994, fielding a team in the USISL
that featured future US national team player Chris Armas
, who would lead the team in scoring with eight goals and four assists. The team won the Northeast Division in its debut year, seven points ahead of North Jersey Dragons
with a 13-5 record, and comfortably won through the first couple of rounds of the playoffs with victories over the New Jersey Imperials
and the Dragons. The Rough Riders were placed in the "Raleigh Group" of the USISL 'Sizzling Nine' Championships, and qualified along with the Minnesota Thunder
to face Greensboro Dynamo
in the national semi final; they lost the game 2-1 in overtime, and Greensboro went on to take the title.
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