When it comes to home-field advantage, the Puerto Rico Islanders have it down to an art. The second seed in the NASL playoffs hosts Fort Lauderdale in the first leg of the semifinals on Saturday.
The Islanders have gone without a loss in regular season play at home for over a year and hope to carry that momentum forward as they work towards winning their second consecutive championship.
Here are the numbers behind the Islanders' success at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium:
-Puerto Rico has not lost a regular season match in 18 contests dating back to Sept. 18, 2010.
-The Islanders are unbeaten at home this season in NASL play with a record 9-0-5.
-At Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium, the Islanders have outscored opponents 26-12 this season and 30-12 throughout the streak dating back to 2010.
-In 2011, the Islanders has shut out four opponents at home. Throughout the entire streak, they have shutout seven teams in regular season games. The Puerto Rico Islanders record in those games is 6-0-1.
-The Islanders have scored three or more goals at home in four different matches this season and won each of those matches.
-Twelve different Islanders have scored goals in regular season home matches this season. Jonathan Fana leads the team in home goals in 2011 with six. Nicholas Addlery and David Foley are tied with the second highest total with five goals each at home.
-Since Sept. 18, 2010, Puerto Rico has gone 7-1-1 in non-regular season games at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium. During those nine games, which include CONCACAF Champions League and CFU Club Championship matches, the Islanders shut out three different opponents.