The inauguration of the Metropolitan Soccer League (LMF) took place last Saturday, September 3rd at Parque Josefa Fontán La Merced in Hato Rey. Three of the Puerto Rico Islanders players, Joe Salem, David Foley, and Osei Telesford participated in the parade and signed autographs.
The Metropolitan Soccer League will be played on seven fields from September 3rd until December 4th on Saturday's and Sunday's from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The fields that will be used in this well known tournament are: Residencial Juan César Cordero Dávila in Quintana, Bairoa in Caguas, Estadio Sixto Escobar in San Juan, Bayamón Soccer Complex, and Villa Andalucía and Parque Josefa Fontán La Merced in Hato Rey.
The presence of the three players of the Puerto Rico Islanders helped celebrate the opening ceremony of the Metropolitan Soccer League. “The Puerto Rico Islanders have marked a milestone for Puerto Rican soccer. We feel very proud to count with the presence of a club with a lot of importance for soccer at a national level. The Islanders are an example for all the boys and girls of our league who look at them as role models and examples of what they can achieve in a future professional level. The Islanders are definitely an important part of soccer in Puerto Rico,” said President of the Metropolitan Soccer League, Amílcar Colón Pascual.
The Metropolitan Soccer League began in 2007 as a project within the clubs. Currently, they have over 3,800 active players in the league from all over the Island. Initially, the league was created to cover the metropolitan area of Puerto Rico, but with the integration of clubs from all over the country it has turned into a national project where teams from Mayaguez, Guayanilla, Ponce, Cayey, Caguas, Dorado, Bayamón, and others are now participating.