Friday, 15 May 2009 08:54
The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team recently announced that United States Under-20 National Team player Gina DiMartino would be joining the W-League side for the 2009 season.
A native of Massapequa Park, DiMartino split time this past fall playing for Boston College and the United States team that won the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Santiago, Chile. In 60 career games with Boston College, DiMartino has compiled 30 goals and 20 assists. She was also named to the 2007 and 2008 preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List.
“We welcome Gina as someone who we feel can help us be successful,” said Rough Riders women’s team head coach John Fitzgerald. “She has already achieved a lot by playing for a quality college program at Boston College. As a U-20 National Team player, she brings high-level experience and ability. She was a local standout at Massapequa High School, which is great for our young fans to see and relate to. The coaches and I are looking for a more attack-minded style of play, which helped us to qualify for the post-season last year. We feel Gina can step in and contribute to that style right away.”
The Long Island Rough Riders have been part of the Long Island soccer scene since their inception in 1994. The Rough Riders men and women’s team won their first National Championship in 1995. The Rough Riders men’s team featured former US National Team members Chris Armas, Tony Meola, and MLS star Giovanni Savarese. Since their initial success, the Rough Riders men’s team has gone on to win the United Soccer League (USL) 2nd Division National Championship in 2002 and has sent numerous players to Major League Soccer (MLS).
To see the 2009 Rough Riders women’s schedule and ticket packages, please visit www.liroughriders.com or call 622-3900.