Every Week Head Coach Adrian Whitbread will take us inside the Puerto Rico Islanders' Locker room. Check out this weeks edition:
Time to catch up again. Yet another busy week and starting to get very itchy feet now with the season nearly upon us. When you have spent your whole life being outside working whether in rain, snow, wind or sunshine, the office can sometimes be a bit claustrophobic.
I am now getting to that stage of just wanting to get my players back and out on the field in preparation for the upcoming season (SO EXCITING!!) I will let you know when we start pre-season and you are all more than welcome to come and see us train and catch up with the players returning FROM LAST SEASON and the NEW ONES.
Last week I had the opportunity to go over to the Bayamon Soccer Complex and see the U20s play some great intersquad matches. Our two Puerto Rican signings, Hector "Pito" Ramos, JJoseph "Jackie" Marrero were involved in the practices. Jackie has been called for the under 20 National Team and Pito was training to stay in shape.
Jeastin Campos is doing a fantastic job with all of the National Teams and I have been in contact with him to regards all our Puerto Rican players. We both understand we will support each other in the interest of both the National teams and the Islanders.
I first met Jeaustin over 2 years ago now when he took Bayamon FC to the CFU finals down in Trinidad. We had to play Bayamon FC in the competition and he was very gracious in defeat and I found him very approachable. We were also playing on the team that played on Sunday mornings at "el Ultimo Trolley". Needless to say I was the better player (Jajaja!!). Mind you, I thought I could run around for the full 90 minutes and nearly killed myself in the process. I don't think going out on a Saturday night before the game helped, something I tell my players they are never allowed to do.
Also this week, as you might have seen, we had a visit to our new office while the re-development of the stadium continues. Jonathan Faña popped in to see us and it was great to see him and catch up in our broken English and Spanish.
The Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium is under construction and everyday I make a point of going in the back entrance just to see the progress they are making and things seem to be changing everyday. For those of you that have not managed to see the pictures of how it will look when its finished at the main entrance of the stadium, it looks truly magnificent and something again to look forward to. Seeing those picture leaves me in no doubt that you will have the best stadium outside of MLS and even on a par with those clubs playing in it.
Well, time for me to go and remember ...
TODOS SOMOS UNO!!!!!