In 2005 the Islanders still under Hugo Hernán Maradona brought in a new group of players that would become staples in the club for the next couple of seasons (Petter Villegas, Marco Velez, Dan Kennedy, Caleb Norkus, Alejandro González Pareja and Noah Delgado),and retained several key players like Mauricio Salles. At the end of the season the Islanders had a improved season record than the 2004 season with 10 wins, 10 loses and 8 ties, this time barely missing the playoff.
Formed under the management of then head coach Jorge Alvial, the 2006 Islanders had a recod of 3-2-1 up to early June, whene Alvial put in his resignation to became a scout for the English club Chelsea. The club lumbered across the last half of the season barely making the playoffs, under the new head coach Toribio Rojas, Jorge Alvial's assistant coach. Finishing the season in 6th place and with a record of 10-8-10.
In the weekend before the 2006 playoffs the Islanders hosted Miami FC twice, who had Brazilians Romario and Zinho in their line up. The Islanders needed four points to qualify for the Playoffs. After going down 0:2 in the first half the Islanders managed to come back and win 4:2 in front of 8,600.
In the final game of the season, against Miami on September 10, 2006, attracted a record crowd of nearly 11,000 fans. A draw was sufficient for the Islanders to qualify in front of Seattle and Atlanta but early in the second half Miami took the lead. It was not until the 43rd minute of the second half that the Islanders equalized with a Arturo Norambuena penalty.
In the first round of the playoffs the team played a home-away series against the Charleston Battery. Unfortunately for the Islanders, Charleston won the series 3:2, ending the 2006 season for the Puerto Ricans.
After one early successes, the team took a turn for the worst. It was evident that Toribio Rojas had lost his edge and after an embarrassing 2:1 lost against bottom table Minnesota Thunder was let go from his coaching position and given the post of Youth System Director, when he left the team had a record of 1-3-3. Also attendance went down
The FO quickly found a replacement in ex-FC Dallas coach Colin Clarke, who had found himself without a job after the debacle of the Virginia Beach Mariners. He immediately establish himself as a hard and hotheaded coach. Because of the way he conducted the teams practice he was given the nickname of "El General", because he worked the team like a general would with his troops.
The rapid change was also seen on the field, first game under Clark the team beat Minnesota Thunder 2:1, just a week after it had lost against them. Clark and the Islanders turned around, even with some bad roster decisions by Clark in American Jared Montz and Jamaican Gregory Simmonds, he redeem himself by signing players like Haitian Fabrice Noel, Englishman Taiwo Atieno and bringing Willie Sims on loan from the New England Revolution. This players had a positive impact on the squad and the team ended comfortably six on the table, to spots on top of the last playoffs spot.
The Islanders went into the playoffs with an air of confidence but facing powerhouse Montreal, passing the quarterfinals seemed very difficult. After a 2:3 lost in Montreal the team came back at home with the 3:0 victory, winning the series 5:3. In the semifinals the team face the same problem but now against regular season champions Seattle Sounders the Islanders lost at home but managed to tie the series in Seattle, losing the series 4-2 in penalties.
In 2006 the Islanders venture into the international stage participating in the CFU Club Championship, in hope of qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions Cup. This is possible because Puerto Rican football is governed by the Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol instead of the United States Soccer Federation. This first attempt at international success was the first time a team from Puerto Rico ever participated in its confederation's club competitions. The CFU Club Championship 2006 played in November saw the Islanders host Group C which included Hoppers FC (Antigua and Barbuda), W Connection (Trinidad and Tobago) and Fruta Conquerors (Guyana), the later dropped out of the tournament weeks before group play. The Islanders beat Hoppers FC 3-1 but lost to W-Connection 0-1 ending the squads first international appearance.
In October 2007 the Islanders came into the CFU Club Championship 2007 with a much stronger squad, which was relatively unchanged from the squad that made it to the semifinals of the USL First Division playoffs and it showed making it all the way to the tournaments semifinals losing out to Joe Public FC 0:1 from a late goal. The entire tournament was played in Trinidad and Tobago, the Islanders headed their group with a 2:2 tied against Harbor View FC, which later became the tournament's champions, and two victories. In this tournament the team also broke several of their on-field records, it achieved its highest score line, a 10:0 victory over Hitachi Centre SAP FC, in the same game Fabrice Noël scored the team's first ever beaver trick with a tally of four goals. This would be the last time the Islanders would play to try to qualify to this incarnation of the confederations top club tournament, since this competition format was abandoned in 2008.
The Islanders where later matched up against regional powerhouse LD Alajuelense of Costa Rica in the prelimanary round of the CONCACAF Champions League. The first leg of the series was played on August 27, 2008 in Alajuelense home ground the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto and in front of 900 spectator the game ended with a hard fought 1-1 draw. The second leg was played on September 3, and it took the Islanders two late goals to come from behind and win the game 2-1; with a aggregate of 3-2 the Islanders advanced to the group stage, being placed in Group D, which included Club Santos Laguna, Tauro F.C. and CSD Municipal. In the first game of this round, the team defeated Tauro F.C. by one goal, with final scores of 2:1. On September 23, the Islanders defeated Santos Laguna, 3:1. On the third game, the team tied with Municipal with two goals each.
Since 2006 the club has also added a third kit which were white until 2007. In 2008 the club uses a neon green kit with two lighter neon green vertical stripes and black shorts.
This incarnation of the Islanders has always played their home games at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in the city of Bayamón, which is located about 10 minutes from the Capital San Juan. The JRL, as its now known, was originally a baseball stadium scheduled for demolition, and in 2003 it was converted into a soccer stadium for the Islanders. It is also home to the all levels of the Puerto Rico national football team as well as the Islanders' affiliate team in the local Puerto Rico Soccer League, Sevilla FC. The Stadium has a capacity for 12,500 spectators.
|Name||Nat||Managerial Tenure||G||W||D||L||Win %|
|Vitor Hugo Barros||April 2004–May 2004||8||0||2||6||00.00|
|Hugo Hernán Maradona||May 2004–January 2006||48||15||12||21||31.25|
|Jorge Alvial||January 2006–May 2006||6||3||1||2||50.00|
|Toribio Rojas||May 2006–May 2007||33||9||11||13||27.27|
|Colin Clarke||May 2007–Present||66||32||19||14||48.48|
|Gustavo Barros Schelotto||2006||23||3|
|Raúl Díaz Arce||2004||15||7|
|2004||USL A-League||9, Eastern||28||5||6||17||22||48||21||Did not qualify||CFUCC||Did not participate||CCC||Did not participate||Vitor Hugo Barros & Hugo Maradona|
|2005||USL First Division||7||28||10||8||10||46||43||38||Did not qualify||CFUCC||Did not participate||CCC||Did not participate||Hugo Maradona|
|2006||USL First Division||6||28||10||8||10||38||36||38||Quarter-Final||CFUCC||Group Stage||CCC||Did not participate||Jorge Alvial & Toribio Rojas|
|2007||USL First Division||6||28||10||10||8||35||34||40||Semi-Final||CFUCC||Semi-finals||CCC||Did not qualify||Toribio Rojas & Colin Clarke|
|2008||USL First Division||1||30||15||9||6||43||23||54||Final||CFUCC||CCC||Did not qualify||CCL||Qualified||Colin Clarke|
|Bronze||3rd place (Semi-final)|
BOO (Big Orange One) Another band of supporters is the "BOO" or Big Orange One (Formerly "UDP" or "Ultras de Populoso" named after the famous bear mascot of the Islanders, Populoso). The BOO are made up of a number ex-pats and locals living in San Juan. Sometimes this group numbers around 30 fans.
A feature of the BOO is that they drape the flags of the various countries they come from on the seats behind the goal. Flags such as Puerto Rico, Great Britain, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia and others. Within their ranks is a Scottish bagpiper and St. Mirren fan who performs the fans with various tunes. The BOO members wear various European club football shirts of which Arsenal of England and Cork City of Ireland are the most prominent.
The BOO are also known for drinking large quantities of beer at matches, and for being very loud and offering funny comments to the opposition over a megaphone.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was a Big Orange One favorite until his departure in early 2007.
OSU OSU stands for Orange Star Ultras, the group claims to be one of the only ultra type group in the Caribbean. They take up the corner sections of the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium to the right of the north goal. They are one of the only groups in the United States that uses pyro in their tifos on a constant basis. The group is relatively small with around 20 registered members. The group has become well known among supporters in the league because of their flare displays.
In 2006, Charleston stopped the Islanders playoffs run giving them the one and only victory against the Islanders. In 2007, the Islanders returned the favor by tying against them in the last game of the season preventing them from taking the last playoffs spot.
Record against, 10-1-7
Sevilla FC Bayamon is a professional club closely affiliated with the Islanders, officially they are two separate clubs with a "agreement of cooperation", which ended the two year existence of the Puerto Rico Islanders B, which was the clubs reserve squad up to that point, with the agreement most Islanders B player ended up in Sevilla Bayamon. The Islanders have also loaned Sevilla Bayamon several players as part of the same agreement. The club plays in the Puerto Rico Soccer League and also uses the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon as their home grounds.
It is the club's U-20 team that participates in the Puerto Rico Soccer League 2 Division, its goal is to develop players from PRISA with extraordinary potential so that they can eventually make the jump to either the Islanders or Sevilla Bayamon.
The Puerto Rico Islanders Soccer Academy or PRISA was founded in 2006 and its made up of U6, U8, U12, U14, U15, U17 youth teams and the Islanders C squad (U20). In 2008 the Islanders opened another a new academy in the northern city of Arecibo under the PRISA umbrella called the Arecibo Islanders Soccer Academy, which is composed from U5 to U20 teams.
2006 USL Division 1 Season
2005 USL Division 1 Season
2004 USL A-League Season