Saturday July 7, 2007 - Islanders at Charleston Battery [R]
Luck has traditionally favoured the Islanders against the Battery. On June 15, 2004, the Islanders' maiden A-League season, after an unlucky 13-game winless streak, Puerto Rico earned their first win ever in the USL (A-League back then) against the Charleston Battery with a 1:0 score. Mauricio Salles-De Alencar scored Puerto Rico's first ever winning goal, and Alexis Rivera-Curet got the assist to that historic goal. Facing 11 shots, and with 11 saves, Michael Ueltschey earned the first Puerto Rican shutout and win as the goalkeeper on that date.
Last year the Islanders had a 2-3-1 record against the Battery. Puerto Rico's only unlucky loss in 2006 against the Battery (1:0 on September 17) came in the '06 Playoffs at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón. This loss meant the Islanders exit to their first Playoffs round ever.
The Islanders also have a 2-3-1 record on the road against the Battery; and have an overall 5-5-2 record against Charleston (including playoff games). Lifetime the Islanders have outscored the Battery 13-9 in 12 games.
The Islanders are 2-3-1 and have outshot their oposition 9-6 since the arrival of new DT Colin "General" Clarke on May 26th. "General" Clarke's only loss came in the Islanders last game in Montreal on June 29, when the Impact scored the game's lonely goal in the 93' minute in stoppage time.
The Battery come into the game tonight after a loss 3:2 against Atlanta on July 4th.