Archive for the 2011 Category

End of season post

Posted in 2011, NASL on November 1, 2011 by rafijoepr

The Islanders failed to defend their Div. 2 championship after losing against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. The Troops suffered greatly due to the International matches that were held during the semi-finals in which they had to release some 10 players for national team duty.

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Islanders finish the NASL regular season undefeated at home

Posted in 2011, NASL, Post-match on September 27, 2011 by rafijoepr

The Islanders ended their 2011 regular season with two games at home first against the league leading Railhawks and the final match against third place FC Tampa Bay. By beating both opponents by a score of 1-0 in each match, the Orange Troops finished the regular season unbeaten at home and with a great winning streak coming into the semi-finals against an opponent that’s yet to be determined.

PR Islanders 1-0 Carolina Railhawks 9/17/11

PR Islanders 1-0 FC Tampa Bay 9/21/11

Islanders clinch 2nd. place in NASL regular season

Posted in 2011, NASL, Post-match, Resultados on September 15, 2011 by rafijoepr

The Troops have secured their second place in the NASL regular season standings and will receive a first round bye in the upcoming playoffs. Up next for the Islanders is their last two home games of the season against the first place Carolina Railhawks and a rescheduled match against FC Tampa Bay. In player news, Puerto Rico National team Forward Héctor “Pito” Ramos has been loaned to the Orange Troops from Liga Nacional de Futbol side Criollos de Cagüas. Pito has played for Alacranes del Norte of the Salvadorian second division and for PRSL squads PR United and River Plate PR.

Highlights from the Islanders last 5 matches:

FC Tampa Bay 1-2 PR Islanders 8/20/11

PR Islanders 3-2 FC Edmonton 8/27/11

PR Islanders 1-1 FC Edmonton 8/30/11

Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0 PR Islanders 9/3/11

PR Islanders 1-1 Montreal Impact 9/7/11

The Troops say hello and goodbye to CCL, focus on NASL with a 3 game win streak

Posted in 2011, CCL, NASL, Post-match on August 17, 2011 by rafijoepr

In the past weeks, our Orange Troops began and ended their CONCACAF Champions League run by losing 2-0 in Metapán and winning 3-1 in Bayamón, narrowly missing the Groups Stages for the first time in Islanders history. The unexpected loss has shifted the focus of the squad on ending the NASL regular season maintaining their second place of over taking the league leading Carolina Railhawks.

After being eliminated from CCL action, the Islanders are on a roll, beating FC Edmonton 0-1 and Atlanta 2-0 before facing the league leaders in Bayamón whom the Troops trailed by nine points in the standings entering Saturday’s match. The two squads seemed equal for most of the match with the Islanders scoring first after a perfectly taken David Foley penalty kick. Islander veteran Petter Villegas scored a beautiful last minute goal that sentenced the match in favor of the Troops 2-0.

For his great efforts, first year Goalkeeper Ray Burse has been named defensive player of the week.

Video highlights:

FC Edmonton vs PR Islanders 0-1

PR Islanders vs Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0

PR Islanders vs Carolina Railhawks 2-0

The Troops hold on to second place, CCL begins this week

Posted in 2011, CCL, NASL on July 25, 2011 by rafijoepr

The Troops are on a roll, climbing to the second spot of the NASL regular season standings with a draw against FC Tampa Bay then wins against NSC Minnesota 0-1 and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 3-1. Up next for the squad is the first leg of the preliminary rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League against Metapan of El Salvador. The series begins this Wednesday June 27 at 8pm and the return leg is set for August 3 in  “La Islandera” in Bayamón.

Highlights:

7/9/11: PR Islanders FC 1 FC Tampa Bay 1

7/17/11: NSC Minnesota Stars 0 PR Islanders FC 1

7/20/11: PR Islanders FC 3 FT Lauderdale Strikers 1

PR Islanders vs Atlanta Silverbacks 7/4/2011, 4-3 Win!

Posted in 2011, NASL, Post-match on July 8, 2011 by rafijoepr

In a 4th of July 5pm matchup, the Troops visited Atlanta to face the Silverbacks. In a highly controversial match that featured 3 penalty kicks, the Islanders managed a 4-3 win after the last second heroics of forward Jonathan Faña. The Islanders now head home to Bayamón to face FC Tampa Bay this Saturday. The Troops will not have Faña in their ranks as he was called up by the Dominican Republic National Team for World Cup 2014 qualifiers.

PRI Goals: Pitchkolan (Foley) 27′, Bouraee (Pitchkolan) 39′ Foley 66′ PK, Faña 90′

Video Highlights:

PR Islanders vs Montreal Impact 6/29/2011, 0-0 Draw

Posted in 2011, NASL, Pre-Season on July 8, 2011 by rafijoepr


The Troops travelled to Montreal, Quebec to face the MLS bound Impact. The Islanders had many chances to score but Impact goalkeeper Evan Busch managed to stop all even shots. The Orange squad will now travel to Atlanta to face the Silverbacks this 4th of July.

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