Queens Bound: NASL’s Puerto Rico FC to Host Puerto Rican Nat’l Team in NYC

Puerto Rico FC

by JAKE NUTTING

New Yorkers will get an early look at New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony’s North American Soccer League expansion team Puerto Rico FC next week.

The celebrity owner announced today that his club will host the Puerto Rican national team in a friendly on June 11 at Belson Stadium in Queens, New York.

Anthony, who was born in Brooklyn but has strong roots to the island through his Puerto Rican father, will serve as the King of this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. The parade will take place the day after the match at Belson.

“Puerto Rico is part of my heritage and in dedication of my father’s birthplace, it’s an honor to restore professional soccer with PRFC and support youth soccer projects with the Puerto Rico Football Federation,” said the NBA star. “With the Puerto Rican Day Parade being an iconic institution and America’s largest cultural celebration, we are excited for the team to participate and show our community appreciation.”

After sitting out the NASL’s Spring Season, Puerto Rico FC is slated to join up and kick off its inaugural campaign in July for the league’s Fall Season. The club’s first home match in scheduled for July 2 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium.

Tickets for the June friendly in Queens are already on sale through Ticketmaster.