Winston-Salem, NC — On a night made for soccer, the Portland Timbers and Puerto Rico Islanders squared off in front of 6,922 loud and fired-up fans at the Juan Ramón Loubriel. Both sides battled hard throughout the first half with two goals for Puerto Rico in the 20 and 23 minutes while Portland netted its first goal in the 26th minute.
Kendall Jagdeosingh set up the perfect opportunity for Sandi Gbandi to blast in the first goal of the game for Puerto Rico in minute 20. Kendall made his debut start for the Puerto Rico Islanders after finalizing his international clearance just last week. Kendall, a Trinidad and Tobago National Team member, joined the Puerto Rico Islanders this season along with other Trinidad internationals Osei Telesford, Nigel Henry and Kerry Noray. In his first start for the USL-1 side, the 21-year old striker made an immediate impact as the Islanders look to climb the fixtures throughout the summer.
The Islanders will be heading to Trinidad Tobago this week to attempt their second win of the CONCACAF Champions League qualifying round against San Juan Jabloteh on May 25. Playing around many of his old teammates and opponents, Kendall is well versed in the individual playing style and team tactics of San Jaun Jabloteh. Kendall’s return home to Trinidad with the Islanders should not only be rewarding for this rising star, but it should also provide the National team coaches with a chance to see Kendall’s continued improvement as they look to call up young players for Trinidad’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
With a quick turn around, the Islanders will return to USL action five days later at the Juan Ramón Lobriel when they host defending champs Seattle Sounders.