The Puerto Rico Islanders will face the Carolina RailHawks this Saturday, September 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon to once again defend their home undefeated streak. The Islanders are the only team in the North American Soccer League (NASL) who are unbeaten at home.
About the Islanders
The Orange Troop is coming off a 1-1 tie against Montreal Impact last Wednesday, September 7th at “La Islandera”. Currently, the Puerto Rico Islanders are in second place with 46 points, eight points behind Carolina RailHawks, who are in first place.
The PR Islanders have won two out of three games against the RailHawks, winning 2-0 at home on August 13th and 2-1 on April 9th at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Orange Troop have only lost two games in the last 16 matches scoring 25 goals and only giving up 15.The defending USSF division 2 champions have already clinched a spot in the NASL semifinals.
About Carolina RailHawks
Carolina RailHawks are currently in first place with 54 points. The RailHawks are coming off a 1-0 loss against Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium last Sunday, September 11th. They also lost 1-0 against Fort Laurderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium on September 7th. RailHawks forward, Etienne Barbara, is the leading goal scorer in the NASL with a total of 20 goals. Pablo Campos, also a forward for Carolina follows Barbara in second place with 11 goals tying with Islanders forward, Jonathan Fana. Carolina RailHawks also secured a spot in the NASL semifinals.
In The Community
The Orange Troop will honor the game to the Puerto Rican soccer legend John “Saso” Tulier prior to the match.
“As believers in community outreach and social responsibility it’s truly an honor to have Saso Tullie kick the kick of honor to start the match. Tullie was responsible for expanding the game of soccer across the Island, especially in Humacao, Maunabo, and Naguabo. The greatness of this soccer ambassador was exalted in the Sports Hall of Fame in Puerto Rico,” said Jorge Pierluisi, Vice President of the Islanders.
The game will be also dedicated to “Golitos”, a non profit foundation for children with autism and the Go For It Foundation that aims to work with children with limited resources.
Come and join us at the Puerto Rico Islanders Tailgate Party this Saturday, September 17th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with live music from Sie7te, House of Twelve and Custom Soldierz before the Orange Troop, defending champions of United States, faces the first place spot in the league, Carolina RailHawks. The activity is free of charge.