Clarke making waves with Puerto Rico Islanders

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.

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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