Puerto Rico Islanders Goalkeeper, Ray Burse has been named the North American Soccer League Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. The Islanders held the first place Carolina Railhawks scoreless at Juan Ramon Loubriel on Saturday night. Burse also kept a clean sheet on Wednesday night against Atlanta, in a 2-0 win.
"Ray played very well, he had some big saves especially early in the game. He has been an important part of our latest run, and with his play he has given the defense alot of confidence," said Head Coach Colin Clarke
The second placed Islanders closed the gap in the NASL standings with the RailHawks, after two victories last week. Burse, who is one of the lead leaders in saves with 67 saves, helped the 'Tropa Naranja' post its third league shutout in a row. With this victory Puerto Rico is currently in placed second in the NASL with 38 points and are now just six points behind first place Carolina.
The Islanders travel to Al Lang Stadium this Saturday to square off against FC Tampa Bay. The “Orange Troop” will host its fist “Watch Party” of the season at the “Salon Right Field” . Come enjoy the game with the staff, players and fans. For more information contact (787) 520-9684. Kick-off is set for 7:30 P.M.