The Long Island Rough Riders have added three players to its squad ahead of the 2018 PDL season that kicks off in May.
Dylan Castanheira returns to the Rough Riders this season after another strong season at Columbia University. The goalkeeper was named first team All-Ivy League, allowing just eight goals in 18 matches (0.425 GAA) for the Lions. He recorded an .846 save percentage, with a 12-3-3 record, and 11 shutouts, which was second-most in school history.
“It’s great to bring back Dylan after his excellent season last year,” said Stephen Roche, the Rough Riders first-year head coach. “I know he is as determined as all the returning players to go further than last year. He’s an excellent goalkeeper who has all the tools and attitude to go very far in the game.”
Also joining Long Island is Jacob Bohm and Jørgen Oland who both play on the backline at Fordham University and helped the Rams advance to the quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament. A native of Germany, Bohm had three goals and one assist in 17 games (14 starts) as a freshman. Oland, a native of Norway, scored five goals in 22 games (all starts) as a sophomore.
“Jørgen and Jacob both were integral parts of the fantastic season by Fordham this year,” Roche said. “Jørgen is a powerful center back with a knack for scoring goals, while Jacob is a versatile player with a great pedigree. Both come from a program with very high expectations and know how to win.”
Long Island begins its 2018 season against Kingston Stockade FC at 7 p.m. May 9 at John Burns Park in Massapequa in the first round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Rough Riders open PDL play on the road against Red Bulls U-23 at 7 p.m. May 12 at Red Bulls Training Facility in Whippany, N.J.