In the final pre-season friendly before the 2017 USL PDL kick-off, FA Euro New York defeated Long Island Rough Riders 2-1 with a goal scored each by Johan Mauritzon and Dennis Amvrosiatos. It was the perfect test against a very strong Long Island Rough Riders who compete in the Northeast Division in respect to the club participating in the neighboring Mid-Atlantic Division.
Coach Balsamo tried a plethora of new recruits, all who have shined leaving a difficult task to the Italian in selecting a final eighteen man roster for the upcoming trip to Virginia against Evergreen FC on May 13th.
"I want to wish Flavio and the Rough Riders best of luck this season. They have a beautiful team and the fact we competed and came back to pull a winning result is a positive feeling. This year, we are covered in every position. It's been a long time since I have had a roster with such depth. It's a great problem to have. Everyone works hard in training. They are all hungry and preparations are going well. I am very positive and am confident that we can do very well. We'll see."