Rough Riders Pearse Named A Top PDL Prospect

Harry Pearse, Rough Riders, LIU Post
Harry Pearse. Photo: Alan J. Schaefer/Action Sports Pix.

For Harry Pearse, the awards and honors from his time as a member of LIU Post’s Men’s Soccer Team have been many.

His list of college honors continued to grow following the 2017 season when Pearse was named a United Soccer Coaches Division II Second Team All-American, a D2CCA All-East Region Second Team member and a United Soccer Coaches Division II Men’s Scholar All-American.

Now, as a member of the Long Island Rough Riders, Pearse has been named to the 2018 PDL Top Prospects List, which features the top-50 prospects in the league. Pearse was ranked No. 22.

In his first season with Long Island, Pearse has four appearances (all starts), including in both matches of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

“When I got the job, Harry was one of the first players I wanted to sign,” said Stephen Roche, the Rough Riders first-year head coach. “I have seen him play many times for LIU Post in the past and he was always a joy to watch.”

A native of London, Pearse led LIU Post with 11 assists last fall, while adding six goals in 21 games (all starts).

“On his day he can take over a game and will contribute this season with assists and goals, no doubt,” Roche said. “He is a great presence in the locker room as well.”

Roche expects big things out of Pearse this season as the Rough Riders (4-1-0 overall; 3-0-0 PDL) look to surpass last season’s success which resulted in an appearance in the 2017 PDL Eastern Conference Final and subsequent berth in this season’s U.S. Open Cup.

“We are hoping a great season with us will land him some pro offers over the summer,” Roche said.