Captain Kim Marra, midfielder Alexa Schneider and goalkeeper Melissa Guglielmo are returning for the season, which starts May 11.
“The three of them have been key players for the organization over the last few years,” said Karim Diallo, the team’s head coach. “They were part of the team that made it to the UWS National Championship Semifinal two years ago.”
Marra, a Sayville native and the club’s 2018 Player of the Year, led Long Island with 861 minutes in 10 matches during the 2018 season, scoring one goal and adding one assist.
“Kim is an intelligent midfielder who can play anywhere on the field,” Diallo said. “She’s a good leader on and off the field, which I noticed right away after the first couple of training sessions when I joined as head coach last season.”
Schneider, a native of Levittown, ranked second on the team with 801 minutes played, dishing out an assist in the 5-2 win against Western New York Flash on July 2.
“Alexa does not stop running; sometimes I wonder if she ever gets tired on the field,” the head coach said. “She has a wonderful work rate and is the kind of player any coach would love to have on their team. She is tactically very disciplined which makes her very reliable.”
Guglielmo, a native of West Babylon, played three matches in goal last season as the Rough Riders went 5-3-2. She made 16 saves in 225 minutes of action in 2018.
“Melissa is a good goalkeeper with excellent communication skills,” Diallo said. “As much as she helps organize her defense she also does not hold back in making them accountable of their actions and decisions.”
The Rough Riders open the 2019 UWS season against the Connecticut Fusion on Saturday, May 11. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. from Hofstra University Soccer Stadium.