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Long Island Rough Riders

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.

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Long Island Rough Riders (451 words)
It took her almost a decade, but Long Island Rough Riders defender – Francesca DeCristoforo is one of three finalists for the W-League defender of the year -- in her final season in competitive soccer.
Long Island Rough Riders women's defender Francesca DeCristoforo, who combined talent and determination to become a leading W-League defender, announced that she has retired.
The Long Island Rough Riders gave up two goals in the final seven minutes of the second half to fall to the Rhode Island Stingrays, 4-2 Friday night at Pierce Memorial Field.
Long Island at AllExperts (2570 words)
Long Island has a climate that is very similar to other coastal areas of the Northeastern United States; it has warm, humid summers and cold winters, but the Atlantic Ocean helps bring afternoon sea breezes that temper the heat in the warmer months and limit the frequency and severity of thunderstorms.
Geologically, the island is formed of two spines of glacial moraine, consisting largely of gravel and loose rock over deeply-buried bedrock, formed during the two most recent pulses of the Wisconsinan glaciation, also by a chain of volcanos and earthquakes, with a sandier outwash plain beyond.
The West of Long Island was settled by the Dutch, and the East settled by Puritans from Massachusetts.
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