The Puerto Rico Islanders are pleased to announce the signing of Alexis Rivera, the only player that has been with the organization since it’s first season in 2004.
The Puerto Rican defender is recovering from an ankle surgery and is almost ready to be on the pitch for this 2011 NASL Season, CFU Club Champions Cup and eventually CONCACAF Champions League.
“We are extremely happy to have Alexis Rivera for another year with the Puerto Rico Islanders. Alexis has been a key member of our organization since day one and we are looking forward to having him on the field again and totally recovered”, said Islanders President Andrés Guillemard-Noble.
“Alexis has worked extremely hard in his recovery and we have no doubt that he will be ready in no time and proudly wearing the Islanders’ jersey once again”, said Islanders assistant coach Adrian Whitbread.
“I am very happy to be part of the Islanders roster once again. I am proud to have the opportunity to represent Puerto Rico nationally and internationally and very grateful of the Board of Directors for welcoming me once again and giving me this opportunity”, said Alexis Rivera. “I can’t describe how happy I am to be part of the team that will continue to bring happiness and championships to our loyal fans in Puerto Rico”, he added.
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 23rd** 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”.
**Note: CFU 2nd round home game date changed from April 13th to April 23rd due to Walking Boyz, Co.'s flight schedule troubles. Second leg will be played on May 7th in Surinam.