Puerto Rico U-17 WNT prepare for 2018 World Cup qualifiers at FCBEscola Dominican Republic facilities due to the destruction left by Hurricane María.
Puerto Rico Under-17 women’s national team are training for 2018 World Cup qualifiers at the Dominican FCBEscola after the passing of Hurricane María.
Puerto Rico U-17 WNT have the final round of 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying games from 16-20 October and the squad are utilising the facilities at FCBEscola in the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo as part of their preparations for the final round of Caribbean qualifiers.
The youth team’s preparations for the games between 16-20 October in Haiti have been moved to neighbours the Dominican Republic due to damage inflicted on sporting facilities in Puerto Rico by the recent arrival of Hurricane María.
After the natural disaster the Puerto Rican Football Federation (FPF) worked quickly to ensure its players could continue their preparations for qualification to next year’s World Cup tournament hosted in Uruguay. They contacted the Dominican Republic’s Football Federation to request their help who organised a training session for the Puerto Rican team at the FCBEscola in Santo Domingo and at the ‘Proyecto Gol’ in San Cristóbal.
Despite the problems caused by the devastation by the hurricane in Puerto Rico, the Football Federation rejected the option of withdrawing from the qualifying competition. The squad travelled by sea last week to the Dominican capital and set to work immediately to get themselves ready for the crucial qualifying fixtures coming up. Puerto Rico are in a strong position in their group after the first round of qualifying matches following a 2-0 win over the Dominican Republic, an 8-1 success over Bahamas and a 9-0 victory over Anguila.
The president of the Puerto Rican Football Federation, Eric Labrador, admitted the squad was “very grateful for the welcome received in the Dominican FCBEscola after the devastation suffered in our country following the passing of the two hurricanes, Irma and María.” Labrador also added: “This welcome has allowed us to keep training and put behind us the bad experience of the last few weeks.”
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