In 2008, the Puerto Rico Islanders were on the brink of greatness, just a penalty round away from playing for the CONCACAF Champions League championship.
Fast forward four years later to 2012, and the franchise had all but disappeared. The heavy governmental financing of the project, coupled with a change in ruling party, when most of the ownership were heavily involved in the defeated government, mixed with a plummeting economy spelled the end for the club that placed Puerto Rican soccer on the international landscape.
The San Antonio Scorpions and Tampa Bay Rowdies were the best two teams in the regular season this year, so it should come as no surprise that their players make up more than half of NASL's 2012 Best XI.
NASL announced the best players of the campaign on Tuesday morning and both the Scorpions and Rowdies had three players, the highest total from any of the eight teams in the league.
Welcome to episode #48 of the IMSoccer News North American Soccer League Podcast. This week Gerry Wittmann, Jay (Yankiboy) Long, and yours truly, Brian Quarstad, have a lively discussion about the most recent activities in the NASL. You can find all past episodes of the North American Soccer League Podcast here and the RSS Feed [.
The 6th seeded Minnesota Stars upset the 3rd seeded Islanders 2-1 on Sunday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to move on to the semifinals of the NASL playoffs against the San Antonio Scorpions. They Stars earned the victory with a number of firsts. Stars head coach Manny Lagos came into this quarterfinal playoff match with [.
The last weekend of NASL regular season play saw the expansion San Antonio Scorpions finish the regular season with the best record in the league on a weekend where all four matches ended in draws. On Saturday, the Atlanta Silverbacks continued their improved play, finishing out the season with a 1-1 draw in Puerto Rico, [.
MIAMI, Fla. (Sept 17, 2012) â€“ Carolina RailHawks Midfielder Ty Shipalane was named NASL Offensive Player of the Week the league announced Tuesday. Shipalane was honored for his performance on Sunday against the San Antonio Scorpions. Shipalane scored the game-winning goal in the 69th minute as well as his contributions the previous Wednesday in a [.
We are in the final week of NASL action and all 6 playoff spots are still too close to call. While it would be virtually impossible for anyone to bump San Antonio out of first place because of their superior goal differential, the other 5 remaining playoff teams are jockeying for position. Here's a team [.
As the NASL regular season winds down, there were two Saturday matches this weekend and another two on Sunday. On Saturday night the Atlanta Silverbacks continued their fine stretch of defensive soccer, earning all three points at home against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers while the Puerto Rico Islanders shut down the Minnesota Stars FC 2-0 [.
The Puerto Rico Islanders were able to get some revenge on the Minnesota Stars FC on Saturday evening. The full strength Islanders defeated the Stars by a score of 2-0 in front of 3,331 at Juan RamÃ³n Loubriel Stadium. Just 4 days previous, Minnesota had beat up on Puerto Rico with a 4-0 scoreline in [.
Only 3 points separate spots 3-6 in the NASL standings. The Minnesota Stars got the proverbial monkey off their back on Tuesday night with a 4-0 win over the Puerto Rico Islanders. The Stars had gone 9 games without a win going back nearly 8 weeks to July 12th. Oddly, it was the second time [...]
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Maybe it was the professional debut start for rookie Nate Polak who scored Minnesota's first goal of the night, or it might have been the cumulative leadership of Orlando City loan player Jamie Watson who coming into the match had a game under his belt with his new teammates and nearly a week on the [.
This week in the NASL saw the controversial announcement by the league office that the NASL
would be going to a split season format next year. Â As far as this week's action Saturday, the San
Antonio Scorpions pushed their claim to be the league's regular season champions with a 1-0 win
over the Carolina RailHawks.
This week in the NASL saw the controversial announcement by the league office that the NASL would be going to a split season format next year. As far as this week's action Saturday, the San Antonio Scorpions pushed their claim to be the league's regular season champions with a 1-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks.
For 80 minutes, the Tampa Bay Rowdies were unable to break open a 10-man Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
team, and the final regular-season match between the two bitter Florida rivals seemed destined to
end in a scoreless draw.
Labor Day weekend not only marks the unofficial end of summer, but also the beginning of the
NASL playoff stretch run. Â On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rowdies closed to within four points of
first place San Antonio by winning 3-0 over Fort Lauderdale at Lockhart Stadium while the Scorpions
drew on the road with the [.
The Puerto Rico Islanders traveled over 3,300 miles to play the Los Angeles Galaxy in CONCACAF
Champions League group play on Wednesday night. With LA playing mainly bench and reserve side
players, the Islanders may have felt they had a good chance to inflict some damage on the MLS side
much like they did on [.
The NASL club landed Toyota as a sponsor for its new soccer-specific stadium, which is slated to
open in time for the 2013 season. It will be the second soccer-specific stadium in America with the
Japanese car company's name branded on it, joining the Chicago Fire's Toyota Park in Bridgeview,
And that renders their final group game Oct. 25 in El Salvador as meaninglesss. And the clincher came courtesy of the Puerto Rico Islanders, the minor league club the Galaxy had already sent packing from the competition. Read how the Galaxy did it here. The group standings are here.
The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated Salvadorian side Isidro MetapÃ¡n 3-0 at Juan RamÃ³n Loubriel Stadium on Thursday night in CONCACAF Champions League play. Puerto Rico was playing for nothing more than pride as they were yet to win a Champions League match in the 2012 campaign and had already been eliminated from advancing before Thursday [.
The Puerto Rico Islanders played a solid match against the Los Angeles Galaxy in CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday night in Bayamon at the newly renovated Juan RamÃ³n Loubriel Stadium. Despite outshooting the Galaxy 16-9 and forcing 5 solid saves from LA goalkeeper Brian Perk, the Islanders could not find a goal and the [.
Puerto Rico Islanders 0 Galaxy 0 The Galaxy's Edson Buddle fights for the ball with Puerto Rico Islanders' Eddie Edward tonight during their CONCACAF Champions League soccer match in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (AP Photo). BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The Galaxy and Puerto Rico Islanders played to a 0-0 draw
If recent MLS seasons have taught anything, it is that teams can get hot at the right time
toward the end of the season, enter the playoffs with momentum and go on an MLS Cup run. The
Columbus Crew are attempting to become the latest to try and test that notion.
Riding the exploits of Designated Player Federico Higuain, Columbus posted a second-straight
two-win, six-point week to push into the Eastern Conference's top five and the heart of the playoff
race and capture SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.
Several former Development Academy players were responsible for the majority of the LA Galaxy's
offense during the team's 4-0 victory against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Wednesday in CONCACAF
Champions League play at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri product Tommy Meyer scored a seventh-minute header.
A version of the Los Angeles Galaxy that bore little resemblance to their regular lineup had no
trouble with the Puerto Rico Islanders in CONCACAF Champions League play. Tommy Meyer opened the
scoring for LA in the 7th minute. Jose Villarreal scored in the 46th, and Jack McBean added a third
in the 80th minute.
CARSON, Calif.â€”Injuries, illness and a busy schedule meant a mostly reserve lineup for the Los
Angeles Galaxy in their Wednesday night CONCACAF Champions League matchâ€”nine of the starters were
under 23, including five rookies.
But that didn't stop the youngsters from crushing the Puerto Rico Islanders 4-0.
Galaxy 4 Puerto Rico Islanders 0 If there was a competitive first team game this season to blood a
lot of talent in the first team, this was the contest against the minor league Puerto Rico
Islanders. The Galaxy sent out a young reserve squad (which as a Galaxy official
Having won a hard fought match on Sunday against FC Dallas and with another big match against
the Vancouver Whitecaps looming on Saturday, Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena sent out the
reserves for Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League matchup against the Puerto Rico Islanders.
The move paid off, as goals from four different players enabled the Galaxy to collect three
points in its final home match of the competition and thus sit in first place in the group courtesy
of a 4-0 win over the Islanders at the Home Depot Center.
A ferocious rivalry. An emotional return. A hot team on the playoff hunt. CONCACAF Champions
League revenge. It's all on the docket Wednesday night.
D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls meet in the rubber match of this year's Atlantic Cup,
with United looking to creep up to third place in the Eastern Conference, while New York eyes the
top spot and can leapfrog Sporting Kansas City for first place with a win.
*The Galaxy host 2010 CONCACAF Champions league nemesis the Puerto Rico Islanders tonight in Carson
(live at 7 o'clock on Fox Soccer) likely without their three designated players in their second
CONCACAF Champions League outing. Tickets for the game are just $10 and parking is free tonight at
Another day, another CCL win for the Sounders. Seattle scored thrice in the 3-1 win over
Caledonia, providing the squad with a stranglehold on Group 4 of the Champions League. Around the
rest of the CCL, Toronto was in a relatable position, losing 3-1 to Santos Laguna. Los Angeles
hosted the Puerto Rico Islanders and took advantage of home pitch with a 4-0 pantsing.
Michael Bradley went the full 90 in his debut at Roma, but the team could only manage a tie in the
season opener on a last minute pass from Bradley to Nicolas Lopez.
Terrible news for Sporting Kansas City's run for the MLS title: "Sporting Kansas City forward Teal
Bunbury suffered a torn ACL and damaged LCL in his left knee during Sunday's 1-1 draw against the
New York Red Bulls, the team announced on Monday.
Carson, CALIF. â€” The Los Angeles Galaxy were paying attention to an important game last night, but it wasn't one they were playing in. The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated Metapan 3-0 in their CONCACAF Champions League group stage match.