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Puerto Rico FC beats SV Transvaal, 1-0, in 2017 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship opener

PRFC has taken its first step toward what it hopes will be qualification for the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League.

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Puerto Rico FC's first game of the 2017 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship - the Caribbean's qualifying tournament for the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League - saw the NASL club take on Suriname's SV Transvaal.

A first-half penalty converted by Hector 'Pito' Ramos was sufficient to see PRFC to the win and three points.

PRFC's task is to win its four-team qualifying group and advance to the final round of the CFU Club Championship, from which the Caribbean's 2017-18 CCL qualifiers will emerge. So far, so good for the club owned by Carmelo Anthony.

Next, the team will play Jamaican club Portmore United on March 16. Portmore opened its CFU Club Championship with a 2-0 win over Cayman Islands' Scholars International. The Jamaican outfit is, on paper, the team most likely to spoil PRFC's ambition of getting out of the group stage of the tournament.

All matches are being played at PRFC's home ground, Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel.