Not even an 18-hour rain delay could stop the Los Angeles Blues and Antigua Barracuda FC from completing the first-ever USL PRO game hosted by IMG Academy. After completing only 12 minutes of gameplay on Thursday due to lightning and rain, the teams were forced to reschedule the remainder of the game for 10:30 this morning. On dry fields, the game went off without a hitch as the two teams completed their contest under the sunny Bradenton skies.
Although the game took place on US soil, it was seen as a home game for Antigua who had many of its players spend several weeks training at IMG Academy with the Antiguan national team in preparation for its match against the United States. The national team would eventually fall to the US by a score of 3-1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on June 8th. The Barracuda team who took the field on Thursday and Friday would see similar results falling by a final score of 3-0 against the Blues.
In only 13 minutes of play before the delay on Thursday, the Blues were able to capture an early lead thanks to a goal from Brian Burke in the 11th minute shortly before the game was postponed. Once play resumed on Friday, the Blues would tack on 2 more to seal the victory. In the 65th minute, Brian Farber scored for the Blues with help from Carlos Borja and then the previous two goal scorers combined their efforts as Farber assisted Burke to score the third goal and put the game out of reach in the 85th minute.
IMG Academy will host a rematch between these two teams on Saturday at 4pm. Both teams have been training at IMG Academy for the past week and this will be their final match on campus. Tickets for Saturday's game (including parking) are only $10 and will be available on site. The address for the soccer field is: 5694 47th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34210.