In his first season with the Long Island Rough Riders, Charlie Ledula was an offensive force scoring 12 goals across all competitions.
Now, following the completion of the PDL season, Ledula was named the 2018 Rough Riders PDL Player of the Year. He was a major factor in the team’s strong season in which Long Island finished 10-5-1- overall and 9-4-1 in PDL, falling just shy of qualifying for the postseason.
“He is one of the most likable people I have come across in my years in soccer,” said Stephen Roche, Long Island’s head coach. “He works extremely hard, and over the next few months we will be working alongside him to help push him to the professional level where he belongs.”
Ledula started his Rough Riders career with a bang, scoring twice in a 6-3 extra-time win over Kingston Stockdale FC in the first round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. After not finding the back of the net for two straight league games, Ledula would score in every other game over the next seven contests as Long Island battled for the top spot in the PDL Mid-Atlantic Conference.
“I found success by listening to my coach, working hard, having belief in myself and ability, and of course having the belief from my teammates,” Ledula told LIRoughRiders.com. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”
He was also named to the 2018 PDL All-Eastern Conference first while finishing in the top-10 in league goals.
As for the next step in soccer career, Ledula is eyeing the professional ranks.
“So, for now, I’ve got to train and prepare myself for what is to come,” he said. “This season was a fun one, it’s just unfortunate the way it ended because I really felt we could have gone all the way. I met new people and now they’re my friends. It’s because of them I ran that extra mile and worked that extra hard.”