The Puerto Rico Islanders will play the second round of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Champions Cup starting this next Saturday, May 7th, looking to repeat the Caribbean Championship title and secure the qualification for the CONCACAF Champions League.
The 'Tropa Naranja' will take on the Walking Boyz Co (WBC) in Surinam on May 7th and then in Puerto Rico on Saturday, May 14th at 4:30pm at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón. A 3rd place in the CFU Club Champions Cup would secure the Islanders a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League. However, the Club's goals go further than that, looking not only to repeat the Caribbean Championship, but to win the CONCACAF Champions League and represent Puerto Rico in the FIFA Club World Cup.
“We are going to Surinam with a full team. This Championship is very important for us and we are ready to repeat the title”, said head coach Colin Clarke. The Puerto Rico Islanders will face WBC for the first time in franchise history. “We (coaching staff) went to see WBC play. They are a good team but we are confident that we can win the series”, Clarke added.
The Islanders' co-captain Nicholas Addlery said: “This tournament is a very important part of our season and we will take it very seriously. We are focused and prepared for the challenge.” The defending champions will head to Surinam on Friday, May 6th and return to Puerto Rico on Sunday, May 8th.
The semi-finals and finals of the CFU Cup are scheduled for May 23rd and 25th in Guyana.
In addition to the Caribbean Championship, the Puerto Rico Islanders are defending the US Second Division title in their participation in the North American Soccer League (NASL). The close-to-perfect beginning of the Islanders 2011 NASL season as defending champions has shown the strength of the team lead by Colin Clarke. With three wins and a tie, the 'Tropa Naranja' holds an undefeated record and the first place in the NASL standings.
The Islanders next NASL game will be on May 18th at NSC Stadium against the NSC Minnesota Stars, the same team the 'Tropa Naranja' beat 3-1 in their home opener on April 26th. On April 21st the Islanders will go back to North Carolina, where they got their first win of the season in the league opener on April 9th against the Railhawks. The defending champions will be back in Puerto Rico on June 1st when they face NSC Minnesota Stars once again at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón at 8:00pm. Tickets for May 14 vs. WBC and June 1st vs. NSC Minnesota Stars are available at www.ticketpop.com and all Walmart and Amigo stores.