The Puerto Rico Islanders win four in a role. (Image Source: PR Islanders)
On Saturday night, the Puerto Rico Islanders rallied from a one-goal deficit to earn a road win against third place FC Tampa Bay (FCTB) 2-1 at Al Lang Stadium. Saturday's victory gave the Islanders (12-5-5) their fourth straight while it ended Tampa Bay's (8-7-7) four-game home winning streak.
After Mike Ambersley scored his tenth goal of the season in the 30th minute to give FCTB a 1-0 lead, the Islanders tied the match 1-1 when Nick Addlery scored his goal in the 33rd minute. With the match being hard fought and evenly matched, David Foley scored the game winner in the 75th minute to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 victory.
Along with the victory, the Islanders have officially qualified for the playoffs. Currently in second place in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the Islanders trail the Carolina RailHawks by seven points for the top stop.
With six matches remaining, the Islanders have a legitimate shot of gaining the top spot in the NASL as five of those matches are at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium (JRL) where the Islanders have been undefeated all season.
The Islanders return home to Bayamon, Puerto to square off twice against FC Edmonton on August 27th and 30th at the JRL.
Seven Islanders Selected to Represent the National Team
Earlier in the week, the seven players of the Islanders were selected to play for the Puerto Rico National Team. With seven players, the “Orange Troop” becomes the club with the most amount of players on the national team, who looks for its ticket to World Cup Brazil 2014.
Marco Velez, Alexis Rivera, Scott Jones and Richard Martinez were called up as defenders, while Petter Villegas, Tyler Wilson, and Noah Delgado round out the midfield.
Most of the players called up were part of the 2010 Puerto Rico Islanders team that won the USSF Division 2 Championship. The “Boricuas “ will be in group D with Canada, San Cristobal y Nieves and Santa Lucia. The first match will be away against San Cristobal and Nieves on September 2 2011.