After a disappointing late game loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers last week, the Islanders return to Bayamon on Sunday when they host ex-Islanders Bill Gaudette and the Montreal Impact.
Having recently won the Caribbean Football Union’s Club Championship for the second year in a row, the Islanders are looking to regain some momentum in the North American Soccer League (NASL). The Tropa Naraja started the season with three straight wins but have struggled in the past few games. With a record of 2 ties and 3 losses in their last 5 games, the Islanders have not won a league match since April 26th.
The Montreal Impact, another perennial league powerhouse, visits for the first time this season. The Canadian club has also struggled in the past few games posting a record of 3 losses, 1 tie, and 1 win in their last 5 matches. For this visit, the Impact will be travelling with a familiar face – ex-Islanders goalkeeper Bill Gaudette. The American goalkeeper played with the Islanders from 2008 to 2010 and recently signed in the offseason with Montreal. Sunday’s match will be his first game in Puerto Rico after leaving the Island.
The Islanders face a crowded schedule this week, as they must travel to Edmonton for a match just 3 days later and then back to Bayamon for a match next Sunday. Currently tied at 4th place with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the Tropa Naranja will be looking for a boost from the home crowd in order to return to their winning ways and gain some momentum in league play.
Kick-off is scheduled for 6:05pm on Sunday night (June 12th).