PDL Preview: Rough Riders Welcome FA Euro New York

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The Long Island Rough Riders are back in action Saturday at home at Hofstra Soccer Stadium as they take on PDL rival FA Euro New York. Kick off is 7:30 p.m.

Sitting on 16 points (5-1-1, W-L-D) in the PDL’s Mid-Atlantic Division, Long Island sits in second place just three points behind undefeated Reading United AC. In fact, the only blemish on Reading’s record to date is a 1-1 draw with the Rough Riders on June 9.

“I think we are in good shape so far — unbeaten at home and fighting for the top spot in the division is a good place to be,” head coach Stephen Roche told LIRoughRiders.com. “We need to really push on over the next few weeks, get everyone back healthy, and put ourselves in a position in the last few games where we are  again challenging to win the league.”

In the match against Reading at Hofstra Soccer Stadium, the visitors jumped out in front on a 22nd-minute goal by Felipe Hideki. That lead would hold until late in the second half when Long Island defender Jørgen Oland would convert from the spot to bring the game level.

“I think we showed great character Saturday night against a very good Reading side,” Roche said. “We certainly were not at our best, so we did well to hang in and stay in the game, and to grab a late equalizer was hugely important.”

FA Euro New York (1-6-0; 3 points) comes into the match off its first win of the season, a 2-0 road victory against Lehigh Valley United on June 9.