BAYAMON, PR -- The Puerto Rico Islanders will host their first preseason invitational tournament featuring MLS clubs Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas and USL's Rochester Rhinos this coming March.
Two doubleheaders have been scheduled for March 22nd and 24th where the four clubs will face-off at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, PR, in preparation for the upcoming MLS and USL First Division seasons.
On the 22nd, Rochester will play against the LA Galaxy and the Puerto Rico Islanders will face the FC Dallas at 8:00pm. Teams will switch on the 24th with the Islanders closing against the LA Galaxy and the Rhinos facing Dallas.
LA Galaxy and FC Dallas representatives at the press conference showed their enthusiasm for the upcoming event and recognition of the efforts and professionalism of the Islanders organization in making the "Puerto Rico USL-MLS Challenge" a reality.
"We are honored to be part of this event. These will be the last games of our preseason and they are very important for us," said Shawn McGee of FC Dallas.
"This is a great opportunity to test ourselves against two of the best MLS teams, and we're looking forward to be a part of this great tournament," said Rhinos executive vice president Matthew Ford.
"It is the vision of the Puerto Rico Islanders organization that events such as this one constitute the best way to promote the quality of soccer being developed on the Island and at the same time promote Puerto Rico as an important world-class tourism and sports (soccer) destination," expressed Andrés Guillemard-Noble, President of Puerto Rico Islanders.