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USL Playoffs: Fixture Congestion Catches up with the Islanders

usl1 playoff semi preview USL Playoffs: Fixture Congestion Catches up with the Islanders

The Puerto Rico Islanders had not lost 18 matches: thirteen USL matches and five CONCACAF Champions League matches. However that streak came to an abrupt end this evening at PAETEC Park against the Rocherster Rhinos. Having played late on Wednesday night in Guatemala, and having blown a late lead in that match the Islanders despite superior depth were forced to play just 44 hours after the conclusion of that match in Rochester NY, and now fly back to Puerto Rico for Sunday’s second leg down 2-0 on aggregate.

In the other USL-1 semifinal, the Montreal Impact will take a 1-0 lead back to Vanocuver. The Impact defeated Olimpia in the CONCACAF Champions League in Honduras two night’s ago but felt no ill affect of the travel. Sunday’s second leg will be the Impact’s 6th game in 11 days.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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