Puerto Rico Islander Press Release –

Thursday, June 3, 2010

PUERTO RICO – The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated Miami FC in convincing fashion Wednesday night, earning a 4-2 victory at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in the first game between the clubs in the 2010 USSF D-2 season.

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Photo: Puerto Rico IslandersWith goals from Josh Hansen, David Foley, Nicholas Addlery and Chris Nurse, the Islanders managed to stop a run of three consecutive losses to record their third win of the 2010 season. The Islanders now have nine points with six games played. The 2010 season consists of 30 games, which means Puerto Rico has 24 games remaining, with 12 of these in Bayamón.

The Islanders remain in last place in the USL Conference, but with fewer games played than the other teams. The leader is the Austin Aztex with 20 points in nine games played. The other clubs have played between two and five more games than the Islanders.

Christian Gomez and Bryan Shriver scored for Miami (1-2-5).

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Puerto Rico Islanders Press Release –

The Puerto Rico Islanders face the Miami FC Blues for the first time in the 2010 USSF D-2 season tonight at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon at 8 p.m. Prior to the game Club Deportivo Barbosa and Guaynabo Conquistadores will meet at 5 p.m. in the U-17 Metro League championship game.

The Islanders, Caribbean champions, currently sit at 2-3-0 in USSF D-2 with six points. The Puerto Rican club sits in last place in the USL Conference, but has played four to six fewer games than all other teams. The Austin Aztex lead the USL Conference with 20 points in nine games. If the Islanders can manage 12 points from its four games in hand on the Aztex, it would place them in second in the USL Conference with 18 points.

Miami FC is 1-1-5 and hasn’t scored more than once in a game this season.

«The team this year is quite different from the past,” Islanders Technical Director Colin Clarke said regarding Miami FC. “They have signed many good, new players. We have to stay positive. Small, individual carelessness has cost us results so far, but the team is confident and we just have to go out and get positive results.

“We have to start earning points. We are eager to play.”

In regard to the team’s previous game, a 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday, Clarke said Joseph Salem’s first-half ejection turned the tide.

“The red card changed the game. Until then, we were playing well. I have not seen the video of the game, but I thought the card was exaggerated. But I repeat, before the expulsion of Salem, we were playing very well.»

For the Islanders, Noah Delgado is out due to injury, while Joseph Salem and David Horst are serving suspensions.