Just days after advancing in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Puerto Rico Islanders reclaimed sole possession of first place in USL-1 when they downed co-league-leading Vancouver 1-0 on a last minute tally, giving them their first ever win over the Whitecaps in five years of play. The Islanders, led by Colin Clarke the former FC Dallas Manager and long-time Northern Ireland international, have quickly become a force in North American Soccer circles. Clarke was a member of Northern Ireland's last World Cup team, in 1986 and he ended his international career with 13 goals.
Clarke has revamped the side from being Latin-oriented to signing some of the best players in the Caribbean, as well as a number of the best players who were victims of the MLS' Salary Cap. Not only are the Islanders in control of USL-1, the American second division but they also appear to be dangerous in the region's ultimate football competition: The CONCACAF Champions League.
Not bad for a club that was struggling and a manager that was fired by FC Dallas just two seasons ago.
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