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.