Jun 11, 2016

New York City, New York- The first ever Clásico de Fútbol took place last night in Belson Stadium when Puerto Rico Football Club faced the Puerto Rico National Team. PRFC owner Carmelo Anthony hosted the event at Saint John’s University Campus as part of the Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend, parade for which he has been named the King.

The festivities began with Carmelo greeting both teams and posing for pictures just before kick-off. The starting XI for PRFC were: Trevor Spangenberg; Kyle Culbertson, Rudy Dawson, Cristiano Dias (c), Ramón Martin del Campo; Tyler Rudy, Ramón Soria; Joseph Marrero, Oliver Minatel; Héctor Ramos and Sidney Rivera.

Puerto Rico FC looked great controlling the ball for the majority of the game against a hungry Puerto Rico National Team. Despite the physical style of the National Team, Puerto Rico FC broke through for a goal in the 12th minute by Joseph “Jackie” Marrero, who played the first half for the club and then switched at halftime to the National Team. Jorge Rivera did the opposite by starting the game for the National Team and then entered the second half for PRFC. This was also the first time Héctor “Pito” Ramos wore PRFC’s colors.

“This game was about getting in touch with the Puerto Rican culture that is here. That is very important to us. It’s another step in the right direction for our preseason and our fitness. We’re very happy that we got another 90 minutes under our belt.”, said Adrian Whitbread after the game to Empire of Soccer.

Despite a late push by the National Team, PRFC held on to the lead and won the first ever Clásico de Fútbol 1-0. 

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