Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico

Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico
River Plate Puerto Rico
River Plate Puerto Rico logo.png
Full name Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico
Nickname(s) River Plate, River, RPPR
Founded 2007
Stadium Pista Atlética Municipal
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
(Capacity: 12,500)
Owner Puerto Rico Verónica Chardón
Head Coach Argentina Walter Zermatten
League Puerto Rico Soccer League
2011 (PRSL) Regular Season: 3rd, Group A
Playoffs: 3rd
Website Club home page
Home colors
Away colors
Current season

Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico is a Puerto Rican professional association football team based in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Founded in 2007, the team plays in the Puerto Rico Soccer League, and is the reigning Supercopa DirecTV champion.

The team plays its home games at Roberto Clemente Stadium in nearby Carolina. The club's colors are red, white and black. Their current head coach is Argentine Walter Zermatten.



On June 27, 2004, a group of 31 fans of Club Atlético River Plate signed an affiliation document with the club.[1] The event was led by the group's founder, Steven Alvarez. After several meetings, the group organized an in-door football team along with the team from a neighboring town Academia Quintana, finishing in the fourth place of an invitational tournament held in Bayamon which marked its debut.[1]

In August 2004, Club Atlético River Plate Corp registered in Puerto Rico's Department of State, founding its first office in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Between 2005 and 2006, Club Atlético River Plate had several meetings with the Federación Puertorriqueña de Futbol, seeking authorization to establish the first franchise team in Puerto Rico.[1] The federation's president, Joe Serralta, signed a contract with them agreeing to license Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico, which was consequently founded on January 1, 2007.

Seeking exposition, the team reached an agreement with professional boxer Miguel Cotto, who wore the club's colors in several of his world championship contests. The team's directive underwent several integrations, including Erick Rodríguez as First Vice-President, Kenneth Cintrón as Second Vice-President and Alvaro Nazor as vocal.[1] In 2006, the team's secretary, Eduardo Fabrizi, decided to include Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico in the Liga Premier de Fútbol marking its debut. Rubén Muñoz coached a lineup that included Walter Fabian Zermatten, Leonel Pipa Ganzedo and Martin Gómez, winning its first championship before 3,000 followers.[1] Its defender, Marcelo Roca, was selected the 2007 Premier League Most Valuable Player. While seeking for a definitive home stadium, Fabrizi visited Ponce, choosing it over the other municipalities. He subsequently had meeting with Ponce's incumbent mayor, Francisco Zayas Seijo, reaching an agreement to play there.[1]

Some reports indicated that in 2009 the team would follow the Puerto Rico Islanders and join the USL First Division. However, River Plate's directive decided to become a founding member of the Puerto Rico Soccer League, the first nationwide league on the archipelago, which was officially founded in 2008.[2] For its first season in the new league, River Plate brought in several international players, including footballers from Argentina, Colombia and El Salvador.

Puerto Rico Soccer League

On June 28, 2008, River Plate Puerto Rico played against Atlético de San Juan FC in the league's first official game, winning the game 2:0 with goals by Daniel Gómez and Harry Irizarry.[3] In its second game the team lost to Sevilla FC, one goal to none.[4] River Plate tied with Guaynabo Fluminense FC in their third outing.[5] In their fourth game, River Plate defeated Gigantes de Carolina, three goals to one.[6] On the fifth date of the tournament the team defeated Caguas Huracán.[7] On August 10, 2008, River Plate defeated Tornados de Humacao.[8] This marked the end of the league's first half, the teams would then compete against each other a second time. In the first two games of this stage, River Plate defeated Academia Quintana and Atléticos de San Juan.[9] To close the regular season, the team won 1, lost 1 and tied 3 games.[10][11][12][13][14]

River Plate Puerto Rico won its first game of the 2009 season against Huracán, with a score of 5:1.[15] River Plate have yet to lose in the 2009 Season as they are 10-0-1 with 31 points. On July 25, 2009, the team tied with Bayamón FC, 0:0. They finished the regular season with a record of 14-0-2, winning the league's standing. The last game against Sevilla FC ended in a 2:2 draw. With 5 minutes left in the match and down 2:0, Daniel Jiménez scored a goal for River Plate, the team scored again 3 minutes later to finish the year undefeated. In the semifinals, River plate lost its only game of the season to Atlético.

Supercopa DirecTV 2010

The Supercopa DirecTV is a unique CFU qualifier tournament that replaced the regular season of the PRSL in 2010. River Plate Puerto Rico was the first team to advance to the semifinals, clinching the first place of Group A. After defeating Sevilla Juncos in the Semifinals, River Plate Puerto Rico went on to win the Super Copa DirecTV after defeating the Puerto Rico Islanders on a 3-0 final score on aggregate after Home and Away games held at the Juan Ramon Loubriel stadium in Bayamon. Both teams qualified directly to the CFU Championship Tournament for the 2011 edition.

International performance

In the First Round of the 2010 CFU Club Championship River Plate was placed in the same group as Racing des Gonaives, C.S.D. Barber, and Hubentut Fortuna. In the 1st match they defeated Racing 3:1.[16] The team defeated Hubentut Fortuna 5:1 in the second date.[17] To close the group's first round they defeated C.S.B. Barber 4:0.[18] River Plate finished at the top of their group and advanced to the second round along San Juan Jabloteh.

Colors and badge


River's original home was in Ponce, and for its first three seasons the team played at Francisco Montaner Stadium. For the 2011 season the team was originally supposed to play in the city of San Juan at Estadio Sixto Escobar[19], but because of lack of agreement with the city of San Juan, the team agreed to move to Fajardo instead.[20] While the city prepares to build a stadium for the team, River signed a short term agreement to play their 2011 home games at Roberto Clemente Stadium in nearby Carolina.[21]

Club culture


Players and staff

Current roster

As of May 7, 2011[22]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Craig Hill
2 Colombia DF Edwin Cano
3 United States DF Matias Maroni
4 Haiti DF Bitielo Jean-Jacques
5 Argentina DF Martín Morello
10 Puerto Rico MF Petter Villegas
11 Argentina MF Alejandro Russo
12 Colombia GK Yessid Nijim
14 Puerto Rico DF Nelson Torres
15 Argentina MF Gustavo Paruolo
16 Guatemala MF Jose Miguel Montoya
17 Haiti MF Simson Rosembert
18 Puerto Rico FW Chris Megaloudis
No. Position Player
19 Cuba FW Julio Maya
20 Argentina MF Matías Arce
21 Cuba DF Yeniel Bermudez
22 Haiti MF Fednor Belizaire
23 Haiti DF Frantz Francois
24 Colombia MF Juan Murillo
25 United States MF J. J. Bain
26 Guatemala DF Pedro Montoya
27 Colombia MF Brian Bayona Becerra
28 Peru DF Ruben Diaz
30 Cuba MF Julio Espinosa
80 Puerto Rico FW Eloy Matos


  • Argentina Steven Álvarez - Chairman
  • Puerto Rico Erick Rodríguez - Vice President
  • Argentina Walter Zermatten - Head Coach
  • Argentina Steven Álvarez - Club Treasurer
  • Puerto Rico Eduardo Fabrizi - Club Secretary

Head coaches

  • Argentina Walter Zermatten (Head Coach from 2010-present)
  • Argentina Omar Catalan (Assisant Coach from 2010-present)


Supercopa DirecTV Champion: 2010
League Champions (1) : 2009
Runner-up (1): 2008
  • Copa Monteplata: (1)::2009
  • Liga Premier: 1::2007*



Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2008 PRSL 2nd Runner-up N/A
2009 PRSL Champions Semi-Finals N/A
2010 PRSL 1st, Group A Champions N/A
2011 3 USL PRO


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  3. ^ Octavio Benítez (2008-06-29). "Ponce River Plate Derrota 2-0 a San Juan en inicio de la PRSL" (in Spanish). Puerto Rico Soccer League. Archived from the original on 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  4. ^ (in Spanish) Al puntero el Bayamón Sevilla. El Vocero. 2008-07-14. 
  5. ^ Octavio Benítez (2008-07-20). "En Estreno del Paquito Montaner en la PRSL". Puerto Rico Soccer League. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
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  17. ^ Esteban Pagán Rivera (2010-03-19). "River pasó la aplanadora en Curazao" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  18. ^ Esteban Pagán Rivera (2010-03-21). "River Plate-Puerto Rico adelantó a la segunda ronda" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
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