Team captain Sue Weber-Alber will be on the pitch for her eighth season with the team. A mainstay of the Rough Rider’s defensive unit, in 2016 the Islip High School graduate logged a team-leading 813 minutes in nine games helping Long Island concede the second fewest goals.
“Our captain and elder stateswoman returns to bring stability and leadership to our team,” said Steve Cadet, Rough Riders head coach. “She has proven to be not only one of the best defenders in the league, but really the face of the league and the Rough Riders for the past several years.”
Weber-Alber was an all-league defender in the USL W-League and was named the league’s Defender of the Year in 2008. She also played for the Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer in 2009 under head coach Tony DiCicco, the former United States Women’s National Team coach, who won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“Sue has been and continues to be a key component to our team’s success,” said Flavio Ferri, Rough Riders general manager. “She has the ability to take over games both defensively and by making penetrating runs forward. As our captain, she make players around her better and is an excellent role model for the younger players.”
The 2008 Hofstra University graduate was a two-time All-American and was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year three times during her three-year collegiate career. She led the Pride to CAA titles and NCAA Tournament berths in 2005 and ‘07. Weber-Alber was also a two-time CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
The Long Island Rough Riders open the 2017 season on Saturday, May 13 at 5 p.m. at home against the Western New York Flash.