February 17, 2009
PR ISLANDERS FC
Goalkeeper of the Year back with Islanders for 2009
The Puerto Rico Islanders announce that 2008 USL Goalkeeper of the Year Bill Gaudette signed a new deal for the 2009 season.
Gaudette, after a successful college soccer career at St. John’s University in Brooklyn, was selected in the first round (No. 9 overall) of the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Columbus Crew. He made his professional debut with the Crew in 2005, starting on 5 matches as a rookie. After 3 seasons in MLS, Bill joined the Islanders in 2008 where he had 14 wins and 10 shutouts in 27 regular season games leading the Islanders to the USL Championship game.
«We are very happy to have a goalkeeper of Bill’s caliber back for 2009. He played a major role in our successes in 2008 USL season, as well as in the CONCACAF Champions League Qualifiers and Group Stage matches» said Islanders Vice-President Jorge Pierluisi.
Islanders Captain back for 2009
The Puerto Rico Islanders announce that the team’s captain Noah Delgado has come to terms with the club for the 2009 season.
The Puerto Rican International comes back to the squad for his fifth consecutive year. He started his college career at Fresno State University. Debuted in the professional arena with the Portland Timbers and also played for the Syracuse Salty Dogs and the Rochester Raging Rhinos before joining the Islanders in 2005. In 2008, Delgado had 4 goals and 5 assists in the USL season as well as an outstanding goal against Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League stage group in the Islanders victory against the prestigious Mexican side.
Delgado is also a key member of the Puerto Rican National Team. He has been capped 6 times playing against Honduras, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Bermuda.
«During the past 4 years, Noah has proved that he is completely committed to the Islanders franchise and Puerto Rico’s soccer in general. We are very enthusiastic to have him back in our attacking midfield for the 2009 season» said Islanders BOD member Mario Gaztambide.