The Long Island Rough Riders are an American professional soccer team, that play in the USL Second Division, the third level in the American soccer pyramid. The Rough Riders play their home games at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, Long Island, New York.
The Rough Riders played their first season in 1994, fielding a team in the USISL that featured future US National Chris Armas, who would lead the team in scoring with eight goals and four assists.
For their second season, the Rough Riders added several more players who would go on to excel in Major League Soccer, including national team goalkeeper Tony Meola, Jim Rooney, and Giovanni Savarese, who would be named the USISL regular season and playoff MVP. The Rough Riders finished that season with a 19-1 record, and went on to win the USISL Championship.
The Rough Riders lost several players to the nascent MLS in 1996, but went on to have a successful season nevertheless, finishing with an 11-7 record before losing to the Richmond Kickers in the playoffs.
With the merger of the USISL and the APSL in 1997, the Rough Riders decided to move up and began their first season in the A-League in that year. The Rough Riders played the next five years in the A-League, before moving down to the PSL for the 2002 season.
The Rough Riders struggled in 2004, finishing the season with a 8-11-1 record, and failing to make the playoffs. The season was, however, significant because it marked the return of two old-time Rough Riders, Jim Rooney from the New England Revolution and Savarese from overseas.