However, that game may not be able to take place with the Puerto Rican federation facing suspension from FIFA, potentially making Puerto Rico FC ineligible to play.
The rumored continuation of a relationship between the NASL and beIN saw its strength renewed when one of the season-opening matches, New York Cosmos v Puerto Rico FC appeared as scheduled.
The possibility of seeing the Cosmos on beIN has made many fans content as the nature of the club’s relationship with ONE World Sports kept them off beIN.
However, a report from Futbol Boricua indicates that the home club may be ineligible to play, stemming from a possible suspension of the island’s federation by FIFA. The FPF owes former national team head coach Jeaustin Campos and FIFA the amount of $150,000, in a case that stems back to 2014.
According to a source within the USSF, the phrasing of the suspension will be of vital importance.
“If FIFA says nobody plays, Puerto Rico FC would not be able to play in the NASL,” the source told Futbol Boricua. The source went on to indicate that the USSF does want to see PRFC play as its absence could irreparably harm the NASL. The league must maintain, at a minimum, eight teams to keep Division Two status. The sidelining of PRFC would bring them down to seven.
Another possibility is that the club could continue to play in the NASL, but would have to suspend other activities, including play in the Caribbean Club Championship.
“Puerto Rico FC wouldn’t be able to represent Puerto Rico in international tournaments,” explained Frankie Gautier, former Secretary-General for the federation. “The professional team could continue to play in the professional league. But in games outside the league, no.”
The case is just another mark against the Puerto Rican federation who appeared to have dropped the ball in registering Puerto Rico FC for the CFU’s Caribbean Club Championship after the NASL club won the Luis Villarejo Cup.