Puerto Rico national football team
|Nickname(s)||El Huracán Azul
(The Blue Hurricane)
|Association||Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol|
|Most caps||Alexis Rivera Curet (24)|
|Top scorer||Héctor Ramos (11)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel|
|FIFA ranking||154 -2|
|Highest FIFA ranking||97 (March 1994)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||202 (November 2004)|
|Highest Elo ranking||171 (21–25 May 1993)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||201 (3 February 2001, 21 July 2002)|
|Cuba 1–1 Puerto Rico
(Cuba; November 12, 1940)
|Puerto Rico 9–0 St. Martin
(Port-Au-Prince Haiti; September 9, 2012)
|Netherland Antilles 15–0 Puerto Rico
(Venezuela; January 15, 1959)
|Best result||Quarter Finals 1993|
The Puerto Rico national football team is the national team of Puerto Rico and is controlled by Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol. Puerto Rico's national football team is a member of the Caribbean Football Union, part of the CONCACAF.
Puerto Rico's first international match was against Cuba in which they drew 1–1. They did not record a win until a 3–0 result in 1970 against the Bahamas. In 1972 Puerto Rico recorded a 1–0 win against Panama in a friendly. Wins between the '80s and '90s were mainly against the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Martinique.
Chris Armas Years (1993–1994)
Chris Armas played for Puerto Rico in the 1993 Caribbean Cup. In the tournament Puerto Rico established a 4 game win streak without conceding a goal. The competition was not then recognized by FIFA and so his five matches were considered friendlies. As a result, he was later allowed to switch his allegiance to the USA, for whom he has since been capped over fifty times.
Puerto Rico did not record a win, and had only 4 draws. During this time the team almost dropped all the way down in the FIFA Rankings as they went to 202.
Over the past few years Puerto Rico has begun to emerge as a contender, like they were in the 1990s. In 2008, they drew with the Caribbean giants Trinidad and Tobago. They also won for the first time since 1994 when they beat the Dominican Republic in the first round of World Cup qualifiers. Although they lost the first leg 4–0 to Central American powerhouse Honduras, they fought a 2–2 tie in the home leg in the second round. The Puerto Rican Football Federation has announced plans that would allow them to participate in the next editions of the Caribbean Cup and Gold Cup.
Puerto Rico were supposed to make their debut in the 21st Central American and Caribbean Games in 2010 on home soil in Mayagüez, but due to the controversy of CONCACAF not approving the stadiums, the team couldn't compete in the football event. The team was supposed to play in Venezuela instead but due to the lack of teams, the male event was cancelled.
- 1991 – Group Stage
- 1993 – Quarter finals
- 1994 – Preliminary Round
- 1995 – Group Stage
- 1997 – Withdrew
- 1998 – Group Stage
- 1999 – Group Stage
- 2001 – Preliminary Round
- 2005 – Group Stage
- 2010 – 2nd Preliminary Round
- 2012 – 2nd Preliminary Round
Pan American Games
- 1979 – Round 2 (5th Place)
- 1930 to 1970 – Did not enter
- 1974 – Did not qualify
- 1978 to 1982 – Did not enter
- 1986 to 2002 – Did not qualify
- 2006 – Did not enter
- 2010 to 2014 – Did not qualify
The following players were called up for the 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification 23–27 October 2012.
Results and fixtures
|Friendly 5 March 2014||v|
- Puerto Rico web page at FIFA.com
- Puerto Rico List of International Matches at RSSSF.com
- Football in Puerto Rico (in Spanish)
- Puerto Rican FA (in Spanish)
- Puerto Rico National Football Team Fan Website