The Long Island Rough Riders, members of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) 2nd Division, have moved their home game on July 12th to the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on the campus of Stony Brook University. The Wednesday evening kickoff against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds is set for 7:30pm.
The match is actually a make-up date for what was originally to be the Rough Riders home opener at Mitchel Athletic Complex (Uniondale) back on April 22. The game was postponed due to extensive storms that blanketed the east coast that weekend, also causing the cancellation of Richmond's game that evening against Cincinnati. Final scheduling details of the Rough Riders make-up date with Pittsburgh had been pending the Riverhounds participation in the 2006 US Open Cup. The Riverhounds were knocked out of the national competition on June 14 when they lost to the PDL Michigan Bucks 2-0.
This will be the second time this season that the Rough Riders will play at Stony Brook University. Back on June 14, Long Island hosted the Western Mass Pioneers, playing to a 0-0 draw. Ironically, that game had actually been rescheduled from the previous Wednesday (June 7) because of severe weather and flooded field conditions.
The Rough Riders next home game will be this Saturday - July 1, when they host the Charlotte Eagles at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, NY. Charlotte comes into the weekend in 2nd place in the USL 2nd Division with a record of 5W-3L-4T. The Rough Riders, coming off a disappointing 0-1 loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders at home last weekend, have not yet faced Charlotte this season. For additional team and ticket information, please contact the Rough Riders office at 516-622-3900 or check out the team website at