The Puerto Rico Islanders are pleased to announce the signing of Puerto Rican International Tyler Wilson for the 2011 season. The Puerto Rican midfielder joins the Islanders after a successful college career at the University of California-Riverside where he served as team captain during his last season. It will be his first season as a professional.
Wilson was a starter at the U21 National Team side leading up to the Central American and Caribbean Games in July 2010. He then debuted with the Puerto Rico Men’s National Team at the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup, earning 5 international caps and a game winning assist against the Cayman Islands.
“Signing with the Islanders is a dream come true. The coaching staff, as well as the players, are all committed to being the best club around and I look forward to contributing my dedication to the team as well as my skills” expressed Tyler Wilson.
“We are very happy to have acquired a young talent like Tyler. We have worked with him with the Puerto Rican National Team and have seen great potential. For this reason we invited him to our pre-season camp, he delivered, and we decided to offer him a contract. We are very excited about having one of our own start his professional career with the Puerto Rico Islanders”, said assistant coach Adrian Whitbread.
The 2010 USSF D-2 Champions will begin their 2011 NASL season on April 9th when they face Carolina at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The CFU Championship will initiate in Puerto Rico on April 13th when they will face Walking Boyz, Co of Surinam.
The Islanders will have their home opener on April 26 against the NSC Minnesota Stars at the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium, also known as “La Islandera”.