Sevilla FC Puerto Rico

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Sevilla FC Puerto Rico
Sevilla FC (Puerto Rico).svg
Full name Sevilla Fútbol Club Puerto Rico
Nickname(s) Sevilla FC, Sevilla PR, Juncos Sevilla
Founded 2006
Ground Josué Elevadito González Stadium
Juncos, Puerto Rico
Ground Capacity 2,500
Owner Spain Francisco Martínez
Head Coach Spain Francis Muñoz
League USL Professional Division
Puerto Rico Soccer League
2010 (PRSL) Group Stage: 2nd, Group B
Playoffs: Semi Finals
Website Club home page
Current season

Sevilla FC Puerto Rico is a Puerto Rican professional association football team based in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Founded in 2006, the team plays in the Puerto Rico Soccer League. The club was founded in 2006 as a farm team for the Puerto Rico Islanders of the North American Soccer League in Bayamón, but in 2008 partnered with the Spanish La Liga club Sevilla FC and moved a year later to Juncos. Sevilla won both the regular season and play-offs in the inaugural season of the Puerto Rico Soccer League in 2008, and also won the regular season in 2011 before losing the play-off final on penalties to Leones.

The team plays its home games at Josué Elevadito González Stadium, and the team's colors are white, black, blue and gold. Their current head coach is Francis Muñoz. The team also has a secondary team called Atletico Sevilla that plays in Liga Nacional de Futbol de Puerto Rico, the second division of football in Puerto Rico.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 2006 as Puerto Rico Islanders B, a farm team for the United Soccer League's Puerto Rico Islanders, and played in the now defunct "Liga Premier" from 2006 to 2007. The team were based in Bayamón, outside San Juan, with their parent club. In 2008 the club found a new affiliate in the shape of Sevilla FC of La Liga, one of the leading clubs of Spain. and changed their name to Sevilla Bayamón FC.[1] The club became one of the eight founders of the Puerto Rico Soccer League, the first nationwide league in Puerto Rico. Before the 2009 season the club folded due to ownership problems, however the city of Juncos bought them in time for the 2009 season thus allowing Sevilla FC Puerto Rico defend its title.

Sevilla FC debuted on 3 July 2008, in a 1-0 victory over Huracán,[2] and followed the victory by beating River Plate by the same score.[3] On 20 July 2008, Sevilla FC defeated Academia Quintana to go into first place in the league.[4] The team solidified their position in the fourth game, where they defeated San Juan 1-0,[5] and then defeated Tornados de Humacao 11-1.[6] The run of five victories from the start of the season ended on 10 August 2008, when they drew against Fluminense.[7] This marked the end of the league's first half, the teams would then compete against each other a second time. In the first two games of this stage, Sevilla FC defeated Gigantes de Carolina and Caguas Huracán.[8] To close the regular season, the team won 3, lost 2 and drew 1 game.[9][10][11][12][13] On 2 October 2008, Sevilla defeated the Carolina Giants 6-0 to clinch the first place of this stage.[14] On Saturday 18 October 2008 Sevilla won the first Puerto Rico Soccer League Championship 2-1 against River Plate.

In the 2009 season, the team moved to Juncos and were renamed Sevilla-FC Juncos. Sevilla-FC Juncos won their first game of the 2009 season against Bayamón (1-0). [15] Sevilla won their next game 5-1 against Caguas Huracan. The club ended their season in 3rd place and losing in the semifinals of the 2009 Puerto Rico Soccer League Playoffs to the eventual winners Bayamon FC. In 2011 Sevilla won the regular league championship but lost in a penalty shootout to Leones in the play-off final.

Colors and badge[edit]

Up until 2007 they wore uniforms resembling that of their parent club, the Puerto Rico Islanders, using the same colors of orange, dark blue and white. In 2008 when they partnered with Sevilla FC of Spain they adopted this team's uniforms and colors of white, purple, red and black. The current home kit is a replica of one of Sevilla FC's old uniforms: it is all white with black and red paint strokes that run horizontally just below the arm from right to left. The away uniforms also use this strokes but instead of black it uses white.[16]

Stadium[edit]

When Sevilla-FC Juncos was called Sevilla Bayamon FC, it played its matches at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, but after it moved from Bayamon due to financial problems, Sevilla-FC Juncos moved to Juncos after they have been given a new deal. Sevilla-FC Juncos new stadium will be located in the town of Juncos. The new stadium is going to be named Sevilla FC Stadium. They currently play at a local field in Juncos called the Josué Elevadito González Stadium.

Club culture[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Players and staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Updated 7 April 2013

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Puerto Rico DF Steven Estrada
Puerto Rico DF Juan Vélez
Puerto Rico DF Elliot Vélez
Puerto Rico DF Isaac Nieves Rivera
Puerto Rico DF Carlos Vendrell Zambrano
Puerto Rico DF Pedro Chacon
No. Position Player
United States DF Caleb Norkus
Puerto Rico MF Noah Delgado
Puerto Rico MF Gadiel Figueroa
Brazil FW Aiman
Puerto Rico FW Eloy Matos
Puerto Rico FW Olvin Ortiz

Staff[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Champions: 2008,
League Champion: 2008, 2011
Runners-up (1): 2006

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2006 LPPR N/A
2007 LPPR N/A
2008 PRSL Champions Champions N/A
2009 PRSL 3rd Semi-Finals N/A
2010 PRSL 2nd, Group B Semi-Finals N/A
2011 3 USL PRO
2012 LNFPR 2nd N/A
2013 LNFPR 2nd Winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ Esteban Pagán Rivera (3 July 2008). "De seguro el fútbol crecerá en Puerto Rico" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-07-05. [dead link]
  2. ^ Rey Colón (4 July 2008). Satisface el nivel de la PRSL. El Vocero. 
  3. ^ Al puntero el Bayamón Sevilla (in Spanish). El Vocero. 14 July 2008. 
  4. ^ Octavio Benítez (20 July 2008). "Bayamón se afianza en la punta al derrotar 4-2 a la Academia Quintana" (in Spanish). Puerto Rico Soccer League. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  5. ^ Octavio Benítez (27 July 2008). "Bayamón Sevilla Sólido en la Punta, Despacha a San Juan y se Mantiene Invicto" (in Spanish). Puerto Rico Soccer League. Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Resultados de Hoy 2 de Agosto de 2008" (in Spanish). Puerto Rico Soccer League. 2 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-09. [dead link]
  7. ^ Octavio Benítez (10 August 2008). "Ganan Quintana y River, Mientras Bayamón sigue invicto tras empatar sin goles con el Guaynabo Flumi" (in Spanish). Puerto Rico Soccer League. Retrieved 2008-08-15. [dead link]
  8. ^ Octavio Benítez (28 August 2008). "Bayamón Sevilla golea a Caguas Huracán y se mantiene sólido en la punta" (in Spanish). Puerto Rico Soccer League. Retrieved 2008-08-28. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Resultados - Matchday (30/08/2008)". Puerto Rico Soccer League. Retrieved 2008-10-03. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Resultados - Matchday (07/09/2008)". Puerto Rico Soccer League. Retrieved 2008-10-03. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Resultados - Matchday (13/09/2008)". Puerto Rico Soccer League. Retrieved 2008-10-03. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Resultados - Matchday (21/09/2008)". Puerto Rico Soccer League. Retrieved 2008-10-03. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Resultados - Matchday (28/09/2008)". Puerto Rico Soccer League. Retrieved 2008-10-03. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Bayamón asegura primer lugar en el fútbol" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03. [dead link]
  15. ^ http://prsoccer.org/index.php?option=com_joomleague&func=showresults&p=4&Itemid=26&r=1
  16. ^ http://www.sevillafutbolclubpr.com/wordpress/

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