Long Island SC is partnering with the Long Island Rough Riders in an agreement that makes the Rough Riders the official supplemental partner of LISC, which is a member of the U.S. Soccer’s new Girls’ Development Academy.
“We are extremely excited to offer a direct player pathway for our girls’ program to reach the pinnacle of youth soccer in the United States,” said Flavio Ferri, General Manager of the Long Island Rough Riders franchise. “Moreover, we are excited to see the continued build-out of the Long Island SC boys’ program and how it will mirror their girls’ platform.”
The Rough Riders, a soccer franchise since 1994 with a mission to develop, enhance and showcase Long Island’s top players through community friendly player-development initiatives, are New York City FC’s exclusive youth and PDL affiliate on Long Island, providing a direct player conduit to New York City FC boys’ academy, including their first team which plays in Major League Soccer.
“The Rough Riders will act as an island-wide player identification supplemental partner responsible for identifying, evaluating and recommending the top elite players to Long Island SC,” said Peter Zaratin, Long Island SC Technical Staff Coach.
“Players who may not be part of an Associated Member Club of Long Island SC now have an alternate pathway to be exposed to U.S. Soccer’s Girls’ DA,” said Thomas Wharf, Long Island Technical Director. “Rough Riders players will have the unique ability to remain with their hometown club and have the opportunity to play in the Girls’ DA with Long Island SC through the Rough Riders partnership.”