Rough Riders Sign Nine As USL League 2 Season Approaches

Rough Riders

The roster for the Long Island Rough Riders men’s team continues to round into shape as the club has signed nine additional players for the upcoming USL League Two season.

Officially added to the team are Alexander Dexter, Pierre Cayet, Renato Kauzlaric, Eddie Speed, Noah Hutchins, Matt Vasquenza, Matt Sloan, Cornell Holland and Rob Leamy.

Dexter returns to the club for another season after playing in nine matches in 2018. He had two goals and one assist in nine matches. A rising junior forward at the University of Pittsburgh, he led the Panthers with five assists and was third in points with nine. He found the back of the net twice for a Pitt team that won an ACC Tournament match for the first time in program history.

Cayet, a junior center back at Temple University, led the team in minutes (1,777), starting all 19 games for the Owls in 2018. He spearheaded the back line that limited opponents to within a one-goal margin in 18 games. Cayet had one goal and one assist on 11 shots and was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 3.

Kauzlaric, a rising sophomore at UMass Lowell, had two goals and two assists in 17 matches (11 starts) as a freshman. A native of Croatia, Kauzlaric was named America East Rookie of the Week on Sept. 24 and earned a spot on the America East All-Rookie Team.

Speed, a rising redshirt senior, was a stalwart in midfield for UMass Lowell, appearing in 16 matches with 11 starts.

The versatile Hutchins had one goal and one assist in 13 games last season for the Rough Riders, who went 10-5-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the PDL. The University of Kentucky graduate was one of the club’s 2018 Player of the Year nominees.

Also returning for 2019 is Vasquenza, a Xavier University graduate. The forward, who spent the past fall playing in Spain’s third division, had one goal on seven shots for Long Island in 2018. He had 26 goals and 17 assists in 79 games (58 starts) in his collegiate career.

Sloan, a defender at American University, made 10 appearances for the Rough Riders last season. Returning for his third season with the club, the Hicksville native played in 18 games (15 starts) for the Eagles this past fall, notching one goal and two assists.

Holland, a midfielder, logged more than 300 minutes in six games after joining the Rough Riders midway through the 2018 season. He concluded his collegiate career at the College of Charleston with two goals and one assist in 15 games (five starts) this past fall.

Leamy, a rising sophomore goalkeeper at UMass, returns for his second season. Another local player, Leamy was a three-year starter at Saint Anthony’s High School, captaining the team his senior year.

Long Island begins the season at home against Cedar Stars Rush on Saturday, May 11. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.