By TRAVIS CLARK
Advantage, Puerto Rico Islanders.
Over the course of 2010, the plucky USSF D2 side has mastered the art of two-legged performances. The trend continued on Sunday, as the Islanders defeated the Carolina Railhawks 2-0 on home soil in the first leg of the USSF D2 championship.
Sandy Gbandi opened the scoring in the second half after a scoreless first, and as the Railhawks pressed for an equalizer, Jonathan Fana added what could be a vital second goal in the 87th minute.
Carolina will look to overturn the deficit when the two sides will square off in the second leg on Saturday, October 30 at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.
SECOND DIVISION NOTES
As the offseason nears for second and third division soccer, the future of USL Pro and NASL is set to be determined. With that in mind, the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester is reporting that the Rhinos — owners of the best record in USSF D2 this year — will rejoin the USL fold, jumping to the Pro League.
Another USL announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. today, as the Pro League will add an Orlando team, as the Austin Aztex will move to Florida. The team has released a statement, confirming the relocation:
“We have been actively seeking to broaden the investment base for the Aztex for the past 12 months. It has proven extremely difficult given the economic climate,” Aztex President Phil Rawlins said in the statement. “Our first and overriding preference was always to keep the Aztex in Austin. But after we exhausted all our options this has not proven possible.”
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