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Mariners Host Puerto Rico on Saturday

July 30, 2004 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Virginia Beach, VA – The expansion Puerto Rico Islanders will make their first trip to the Virginia Beach Sportsplex Saturday night, facing off against the Mariners at 7:30 p.m. The teams have met twice this season, on June 25 and 27 in Puerto Rico. The Mariners came away with a 0-0 tie and a 0-2 loss.

The Match Up

Virginia Beach (8-9-3, 27 points)

The Mariners are 5-2-0 in their last seven matches and have been very successful at home this season going 8-2-0. In their last three matches, including two against front running Rochester, and a friendly with England First Division squad Nottingham Forest, the Mariners have gone 3-0. Virginia Beach sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just eight points out of fourth place. The top four teams in each conference make the playoffs.

Forward Dante Washington, who leads the team in points (26) and goals (11) has scored a goal in each of the MarinersÂ’ last four wins. Washington is ranked third League-wide in points and in goals. Midfielder Hamisi Amani-Dove is nineteenth in the League with 13 points in 20 games and ninth in assists with five. Forward Carlos Garcia stands seventh in the League with five assists in 17 games.

Goalkeeper Matt Nelson ranks eighth in wins with eight in 17 games, ninth in shutouts with four and eighth in saves with 68.

The Mariners have scored 31 goals in 20 matches, second most in the A-League, and have allowed 27. They have scored 10 goals in the last five matches, allowing 4.

Puerto Rico (4-12-6, 18 points)

Puerto Rico is 3-1-1 in their last five matches and overall 1-6-1 on the road this season. They have scored 18 goals, allowing 35 for the season, allowing 4 and scoring 7 in their last five games.

Mauricio Salles-De Alencar who has scored 8 goals in 19 matches which ranks sixth in the A-League leads the team. He also ranks sixth in points with 18. Goalkeeper Michael Ueltschey ranks fifth with six shutouts League-wide.

Tickets are $10; children 5 and under get in free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Virginia Beach Mariners, call 430-9800.

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