February 21, 2009


Bayamon, PR-The Puerto Rico Islanders announce that two Trinidad and Tobago’s defenders will be part of the 2009 squad, pending league’s approval. Central defender Nigel Henry will be back with the team for his second season while Kevon Villaroel will join the Islanders for his first professional season outside his native Trinidad and Tobago, pending league’s approval.

Henry, former T&T international, brings back vast USL and European experience having played for the Hershey Wildcats, Toronto Lynx, Charleston Battery, Montreal Impact, all from the USL and Kiruna FF of Sweden. He was a key member of the Islanders successful defense in the 2008 season. He played 27 matches for the Islanders and had one assist before having a season-ending injury in the USL Semifinal game against the Rochester Rhinos.

Villaroel, a 21-year-old left back, has represented his country in international competition at the youth levels. He has previously played for Joe Public FC, Rangers FC, and most recently with San Juan Jabloteh of the Trinidad and Tobago Professional League.

With these two additions, the Islanders currently have 4 players in the roster hailing from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. The other two are forward Kendall Jagdeosingh and Osei Telesford. Both of them are active members of their country’s National Team in their quest to qualify to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Islanders are back in Puerto Rico from their pre-season camp in Bradenton, Florida. They will face DC United of the MLS tonight in preparation for their biggest match in franchise history, the Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals against CD Marathon of Honduras on February 26 at 9pm at the JRL Stadium.