The Puerto Rico Islanders can clinch a spot in the playoffs against the Carolina RailHawks at the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on Saturday night. The Islanders will be guaranteed postseason action with a win against the RailHawks, but can also qualify with a loss or draw if FC Edmonton fails to beat the Atlanta Silverbacks on Sunday.
After a disappointing defeat to the L.A. Galaxy in midweek CONCACAF Champions League action, the Islanders can shift their focus back to NASL. The 4-0 loss meant the Islanders were kept off the score sheet for the fourth match in a row, the longest stretch they have gone without scoring all season.
Carolina, coached by former Islanders’ boss Colin Clarke, is riding a two-game unbeaten streak for the first time since June. The RailHawks came from behind to defeat FC Edmonton in injury time, before defeating the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 last weekend to move just five points behind the second-place Islanders in the standings.
Historically, Puerto Rico has held the series, though the Islanders have failed to beat Carolina in either of the most recent meetings. Carolina forced a 1-1 draw back in May, before defeating Puerto Rico by two goals to one to earn their first win of the season on June 2.
Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Carolina RailHawks
Saturday, September 1, 2012— 7:30 P.M. EDT
Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Webcast: NASL on ustream
2012 Series: Tied, 1-1-1, 4 points
2011 Series: Puerto Rico, 3-1-0, 10 points
Puerto Rico Carolina
Head Coach Adrian Whitbread Colin Clarke
2012 Records 2nd: 10-6-7, 36 points 5th: 8-7-7, 31 points
Last Five Games W W L T T L T L W W
Goals Leader Nicholas Addlery (8) Nick Zimmerman (12)
Assists Leader Jonathan Faña (5) Mike Palacio (6)
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