Puerto Rico United

Puerto Rico United is a Puerto Rican association football team based in Aguada, Puerto Rico founded in 2007. The team has played professionally in the Puerto Rico Soccer League (PRSL) and briefly in the American USL Professional Division. The team last competed in a professional league in 2011.

Puerto Rico United
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Full namePuerto Rico United Sporting Club
Nickname(s)PR United
Founded2007
StadiumAguada Stadium
Aguada, Puerto Rico
Capacity4,000
OwnerRaul Blanco
Head CoachJose Sanchez
2011 (PRSL)4th (disqualified)
WebsiteClub website

The team's colors are lime green, silver, white and black. As of 2011, the team played its home games at Aguada Stadium.

HistoryEdit

Puerto Rico United was founded in 2007. Beginning in 2010, they played in the Puerto Rico Soccer League (PRSL).[1]

In 2011, they joined two other Puerto Rican clubs, River Plate Puerto Rico and Sevilla FC Puerto Rico, as well as 11 American clubs and one Antiguan club to compete in the inaugural season of the U.S.-based USL Professional Division.[1] However, the Puerto Rican clubs quickly encountered issues due to poor attendance and high travel expenses. In May 2011, less than two months into the season, all three Puerto Rican teams were removed from the league.[2]

The three teams then returned to play in the PRSL for the remainder of the 2011 season. The PRSL was also experiencing financial troubles, and the 2011 season included just six teams and ran from April to July. PR United finished in 4th place during regular season play, and was set to compete in the league's playoffs. However, on July 25, 2011, the PRSL suspended PR United from the tournament. According to a Puerto Rico football blog, the club was suspended for violating Puerto Rican Football Federation regulations following rumors that the club's coach lacked a work visa. Mayagüez FC, the 5th place team, took PR United's slot in the tournament.[3]

As their financial difficulties continued, PRSL cancelled the 2012 season. In 2013, the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Puerto Rico (LNFPR), which had previously been considered a second division league, replaced PRSL as the top active league in Puerto Rico.[4] Puerto Rico United was set to join LNFPR in 2016.[citation needed] However, the league suspended operations after its 2015 season.[4]

As of January 2020, Puerto Rico United's website remains active, and includes records of the club participating in a tournament in 2018 as well as the 9th annual Coca-Cola Cup in early 2019.[5]

StadiumEdit

RecordEdit

Year-by-yearEdit

Year Division League Puerto Rico Soccer League. Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
2010 PRSL 3rd, Group B Did not qualify N/A
2011 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Diaz, Cesar (18 April 2011). "Soccer in Puerto Rico: Existing and Evolving". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Three Puerto Rico teams dumped". Soccer America. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  3. ^ Jusino, Edwin R. (26 July 2011). "Sancionado el Puerto Rico United" [Puerto Rico United Sanctioned]. FBNET (in Spanish). San Juan, Puerto Rico. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Puerto Rico - List of Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 5 Dec 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Puerto Rico United". Puerto Rico United (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 January 2020.

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