NASL: Puerto Rican coach starts strong

Four days after Puerto Rico FC dropped the interim tag from Marco Velez’s head coaching title, Puerto Rico won its second game of the 18 matches it’s played in 2017, 1-0 over Jacksonville. Velez, the first Puerto Rican native to play in MLS, replaced Englishman Adrian Whitbread  in May.

Marco Velez

On Wednesday, after Puerto Rico opened the Fall Season with a 1-1 tie with North Carolina, the club appointed Velez head coach for the remainder of 2017. Velez, the former captain of the Puerto Rico national team, went straight into coaching as an assistant coach with Puerto Islanders, with which he had finished up his playing career. He won a USL title with the Islanders in 2010.

Velez, who as a teenager attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, started his pro career with the USL Seattle Sounders. Two stints with the Puerto Rico Islanders, in the USL and NASL, sandwiched his two-season stint with Toronto FC, for which he appeared in 38 games.

• Spring champ Miami FC is winless after Week 2 of NASL Fall season play, falling 3-2 at home to North Carolina. San Francisco beat defending champ New York Cosmos, 2-1.

• The San Francisco Deltas drew 3,369 at Kezar Stadium. Owner Brian Andres Helmick had earlier in the week, in an open letter to the club's fans, warned that the club won't survive unless attendance improves. The Deltas had been averaging about 2,500.

Soccer America's Crowd Count: MLS, WSL, USL, NASL, PDL, NPSL

Fall Season, Week 2, Results
Puerto Rico 1 (Doyle 43) Jacksonville 0
Att.: 3,382
Indy Eleven 1 (Vukovic, 66) Edmonton 3 (Corea, 53 pen., 73, Watson 59.)
Att.: 9,072
Miami 2 (Michel 92+ pen., Pinho 95+) North Carolina 3 (Glenn 27, Kandziora 72 Ibeagha 96+)
Att.: 5,022
San Francisco 2 (Hopkins 36, Heinemann 46+ pen.) New York 1 (Vranjicán 3)
Att.: 3,369

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