Not just memorable for the fans that showed up in huge numbers Wednesday night to host the current World and European champions, ten current Islanders and five former Islanders were given the honor to suit up against the world’s best. It was the first match played at the newly renovated Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium. The Islanders will play their first home match Saturday, August 18th at 7:30 p.m. against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Islanders Alexis Rivera, Noah Delgado, Richard Martínez, Anthony Vázquez, Andrés Perez and Héctor “Pito” Ramos were all chosen in the starting line up. Marco Vélez, Joshua Hansen, Joseph “Jackie” Marrero and Tyler Wilson came off the bench to help the Blue Hurricane.
It was something of a showcase for former Islander and current New York Red Bull goalkeeper Bill Gaudette, who recorded several spectacular saves, including a block of an El Niño Torres header that earned him the #8 top play on ESPN Deportes. Other Islanders Alumni John Krause (Carolina RailHawks), Scott Jones (Charlotte Eagles), and Cristian Arrieta (Free Agent) featured prominently in the side.
Two first half goals from new Arsenal signing Santi Cazorla and former Gunner skipper Cesc Fabregas were enough to see La Roja to victory. Young Puerto-Americano Marc Cintron netted in the 65th to score the most important goal in Puerto Rican football history. The assist came from our very own "Pito" Ramos.
It was a great night for puertorrican soccer and we look forward to many more when the troops return to La Islandera this Saturday, August 18th.