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Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in NASL, Puerto Rico Islanders, Recent | 1 comment

PR Islanders At A Glance

Team History: This is the second go around for owner Joe Serralta and the Islanders, their first try as a soccer club was in 1995. After playing their first 7 games as the PR Islanders Mr Serralta, due to low attendance, decided to move the franchise to Houston. They became the Houston Force. Unfortunately they only lasted one game and folded. Eight years later Mr Serralta tried again, They joined the A-League, now the USL first division in 2004. After 4 seasons of finishing no better than 6th place, they won the regular season title in 2008, losing to the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in the Championship game.

In 2010 they played in the USSF D-2 Pro League winning the championship by beating the Carolina Railhawks 3-1. In addition they won the CFU Club Championship.In 2011 they joined the NASL where they finished in 2nd place during the regular season. However for the second year in a row they won the CFU Club Championship.

 

Stadium: Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium located in Bayamon Puerto Rico. The island’s 2nd largest city. Built in 1974 as a baseball only stadium. Became a soccer only stadium in 2004. The maximum capacity in its present configuration is 12,500, but plans are in place to increase capacity.

 

Front Office: Andrés Guillemard-Noble is a Puerto Rican attorney who also serves as the majority owner and president.

 

Coaching: The Islanders are entering the 2012 with a new head coach, the good news is that he’s very familiar with the team, Adrian Whitbread, who has been an assistant to former head coach Colin Clarke since 2008, Was named Head coach. Mr Whitbread  played for West Ham United and Portsmouth formerly of the EPL.

Check out Murph’s interview with head coach Adrian Whitbread.

 

Players Of Note: Many players of different nationalities have worn the orange uniform, but only a couple are worth mentioning.

Dan Kennedy- Named Rookie of the year in 2005 while playing for the Islanders, now starts for Chivas USA

 

Raul Diaz Arce- One of MLS’ prolific scorers, ranks 6th all time in goals scored. Finished his career playing for the Islanders.

 

Cristian Arrieta- Named MVP and Defensive Player of the Year while playing for the Islanders. Signed with My Philadelphia Union in their inaugural season.

 

Average attendance: In 14 home games played at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium. The average attendance during the 2011 season was 2,161 per game.

 

Supporters Group: The club’s supporter group is known as “La Barra Naranja” (The Orange Gang) The Islanders also have an away game independent supporters group known as “La Legion Extranjera” (The Foreign Legion) which is mostly composed of Islanders fans of Puerto Rican origin who live in the United States and travel to the cities in which the team plays.

 

Sponsors: In addition to a few local sponsors, they have well-known companies such as Coca Cola, Gold’s Gym and Toyota.

 

After finishing in second place during the regular season and being eliminated in the semifinal round of the playoffs. The Islanders come into this season hungry and ready to win it all. The core players that made the Islanders so good returns for another season, New head coach Adrian Whitbread has this team unbeaten in pre-season and ready to go all the way!

1 Comment

  1. JC, thanks for writing about my beloved Puerto Rico Islanders. Glad to see that another former Islander, Keon Daniel is back with the Philadelphia Union this season.