Carmelo Anthony buys soccer team in Puerto Rico

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has long talked about diversifying his interests and being into plenty of things away from basketball. He’s also frequently talked about his Puerto Rican heritage — his late father was Puerto Rican, and Melo has long had a tattoo of the Puerto Rican flag on his left hand. In recent years, Melo has refurbished and built basketball courts all over the island.

Today those interests connected, as Carmelo Anthony purchased the NASL team, Puerto Rico FC. According to ESPN FC

The New York Knicks forward announced at a Thursday news conference that his new club, Puerto Rico FC, will join the North American Soccer League and begin play in 2016.

“My passion for soccer has always been there,” Anthony told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview.

“I just always kept it to myself and among my circle. Going to games, sneaking into games and just watching and being around the sport over the years. The more time I started spending in Puerto Rico over the past six, seven years I realized that there was kind of a void down there on my island. The island didn’t really have anything that they could kind of call their own, that they could represent not just on the island but from a global standpoint.”

Puerto Rico FC will be the NASL’s 13th club after the league recently added Miami FC on May 20.

The club, which will begin play in the 2016 NASL fall season, will play its home matches at the recently renovated Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium. Located in Bayamon, about 10 miles from the capital city of San Juan, the 12,500-seat stadium serves as the home base for the Puerto Rico national team.

21 Comments

  1. Ty says:

    Good sh!t Melo!!

  2. shamir coll says:

    Mi isla! Melo is loyal

  3. SIF says:

    WHAT THE

  4. Boris says:

    well done Melo, thats really cool, respect!

  5. A.J. says:

    This is great, I’ve never seen a guy on a soccer field play nothing but isolation ball.

  6. bernard says:

    Thats a good thing because i love basketball and also love soccer

  7. jaime garcia says:

    Hola carmelo,

    Welcome home at last.

  8. Dude says:

    I wonder if his star player will sit out when he gets a fat contract and the team is going nowhere.
    Unless of course if he qualifies for the all star game…. That is more important than team success
    Go Melo

  9. Great news. They are a lot of soccer players with a lot of talent here in the island and in the states. Know a lot of good players in the state of Georgia.

  10. Jack Offerman says:

    Carmelo is such a phony. He is a happy loser.

  11. Deez says:

    Melo said he can’t win a ring in basketball so he gonna win one in soccer. Haha jk but thats cool with him buying the team and all. Wish him success.

  12. Syed Zaidi says:

    Congratulations Good deed Melo.

  13. Syed Zaidi says:

    Good Melo

  14. Dez B. says:

    Hi

  15. Dez B. says:

    Hi!

  16. ramon says:

    Im puerto rican heritage and even though im not a soccer fan is kind of cool to have a team in the island to represent on a national level

  17. Joe McNair says:

    This is a NASL team the Division II league of MLS under the purview of US Soccer. We are talking minor league football here. Even less interesting because MLS is one of the few leagues in the world that does not relegate their botton of the table teams to the second division and promote the top teams in the second division to play the next season in the Premier league… so it is not like the team will ever have the chance to compete in the big cities with the major league clubs. Also Puerto Rico is not a big football market. The national team ranks 167th in the world out of 209 teams. Basketball and Baseball are the big sports there so how good an investment this is for Melo remains to be seen.

  18. Mindaugas says:

    football ….not soccer….What is soccer .. ?

  19. MEEE says:

    nice melooo