FC Tampa Bay at Puerto Rico Islanders
Saturday, July 9 at 8:05 p.m. ET
Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
The match can be seen live online at www.fctampabay.com
FC Tampa Bay: 4-5-5, 17 points
Puerto Rico: 6-4-4, 22 points
2011 Series (W-T-L): 0-0-1
In their first meeting of the season FC Tampa Bay dropped a 2-0 decision to the Islanders on April 17 at Al Lang Stadium. Islanders midfielder Jonathan Fana scored both goals for Puerto Rico, finding the back of the net in the 35th and 79th minutes.
FC Tampa Bay scored a season-high four goals as it defeated Ft. Lauderdale 4-2 Monday at Al Lang Stadium. Midfielder Pascal Millien was named Offensive Player of the Week by the North American Soccer League for his performance as he led the team with one goal and two assists. Forward Aaron King added an assist to go along with his second game-winning goal of the year, and forward Mike Ambersley and defender Andres Arango notched goals.
FC Tampa Bay goalkeeper Jeff Attinella had nine saves in the match to help FC Tampa Bay win its second straight at home. Ambersley notched his team-high seventh goal of the year, which ranks third in the NASL.
Puerto Rico is the only league team that is undefeated at home this season, with three wins and two draws in its five matches at JRL Stadium. Overall the Islanders have not lost in their last four matches since a 3-0 loss at Edmonton on June 15.
The Islanders, currently in third place in the standings, held off Atlanta on Monday when Jonathan Fana blasted a shot past Jimmy Maurer in the 90th minute for the 4-3 victory at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
With eight goals, Puerto Rico midfielder Jonathan Fana is second in the NASL for most goals scored in 2011. Forward Nicholas Addlery has five goals, tied for sixth in the league.
Midfielder Chad Burt (foot) and midfielder/defender Takuya Yamada (groin) are doubtful for the match. Burt has missed the last five matches, while Yamada has been sidelined for two of the last three games.
FC Tampa Bay returns home to host its first-ever international friendly against the English Premier League’s Bolton Wanderers on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Attend this match and be a part of history. Get your tickets for the game by calling 813-287-1539 or click here.