While most NBA players are watching and wishing they were in the finals or even stuck in the gym preparing for the new season, Carmelo Anthony took time to stray from his grueling knee surgery rehab to turn something he loves into a smart investment. The New York Knicks leader has “always had a passion for soccer” combine that with his personal connection to Puerto Rico and also his wife La La being of Puerto Rican descent. In a sense it is a move for the entire family to give back in a huge way for generations to come. Anthony has already opened up several basketball courts on the island in addition to a large number of charitable efforts behind the scenes, this was just one that he felt in his heart could help further bring a global awareness to the island.
“My passion for soccer has always been there. 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.”
“It was a perfect chance for me to not only revive that energy and that club, but to start something fresh. I want to be that one team that represents Puerto Rico.” – Carmelo Anthony (via the exclusive ESPN FC interview.)
Puerto Rico FC will begin play in the North American Soccer League in 2016 with home games held about 10 miles outside of San Juan at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium.
— Puerto Rico FC (@PRFootballClub) June 11, 2015