Puerto Rico national football team

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Puerto Rico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) El Huracán Azul
(The Blue Hurricane)
Association Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF
(North America)
Head coach Brazil Víctor Hugo Barros
Captain TBA
Most caps Alexis Rivera Curet (24)
Top scorer Héctor Ramos (13)
Home stadium Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel
FIFA code PUR
FIFA ranking 155 Increase 1 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 97 (March 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 202 (November 2004)
Elo ranking 181
Highest Elo ranking 171 (21–25 May 1993)
Lowest Elo ranking 201 (3 February 2001, 21 July 2002)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Cuba 1–1 Puerto Rico 
(Havana, Cuba; November 12, 1940)
Biggest win
 Puerto Rico 9–0 Saint-Martin 
(Port-Au-Prince Haiti; September 9, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands Antilles 15–0 Puerto Rico 
(Caracas, Venezuela; January 15, 1959)
Caribbean Cup
Appearances 10
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.

History[edit]

1940–1990[edit]

Puerto Rico's first international match was against Cuba in 1940 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.[1]

Chris Armas Years (1993–1994)[edit]

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.[1] 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 United States of America,[2] for whom he has since been capped over fifty times.

1995–2007[edit]

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.[1]

Puerto Rico playing against Spain.

2008–present[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Puerto Rico faced World and European champion Spain in a friendly on August 15, 2012, losing 2-1 in the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

Tournament results[edit]

Caribbean Cup[edit]

  • 1991Group Stage
  • 1993Quarter finals
  • 1994Preliminary Round
  • 1995Group Stage
  • 1997Withdrew
  • 1998Group Stage
  • 1999Group Stage
  • 2001Preliminary Round
  • 2005Group Stage
  • 20102nd Preliminary Round
  • 20122nd Preliminary Round
  • 20142nd Preliminary Round

Gold Cup[edit]

  • 1991 to 2015Did not enter or Did not qualify

Pan American Games[edit]

  • 1979 – Round 2 (5th Place)

World Cup[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification 3–7 September 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Eric Reyes (1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 22) 12 0 Unattached
1GK Matthew Sanchez (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 20) 0 0 United States Loyola University
1GK Luis Fiol 0 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
2DF Joel Rivera 3 0 Unattached
2DF Juan Velez 3 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
2DF Joan Morales 3 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
2DF Gustavo Rivera (1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 21) 4 0 United States Barry University
2DF Carlos Rosario (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
2DF Sean Sweeney 0 0 United States Fort Pitt FC Regiment
2DF Alexis Rivera (1982-10-29) 29 October 1982 (age 31) 24 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
2DF Steven Estrada (1987-08-17) 17 August 1987 (age 27) 5 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
3MF Emmanuel D'Andrea (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 19) 6 0 Spain Sevilla FC C
3MF Álvaro Betancourt (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
3MF Andrés Pérez (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 25) 13 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
3MF Eduardo Jimenez 0 0 Unattached
3MF Juan Coca (1993-05-31) 31 May 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Finland Kultsu FC
3MF Michael Fernandez 0 0 Puerto Rico Universitarios FC
3MF Andrés Cabrero (1989-01-04) 4 January 1989 (age 25) 20 5 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
3MF Samuel Soto (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 22) 11 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
3MF Alex Oikkonen (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 19) 7 2 Finland MYPA
4FW Eloy Matos (1985-04-10) 10 April 1985 (age 29) 3 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
4FW Héctor Ramos (1990-05-04) 4 May 1990 (age 24) 24 13 El Salvador A.D. Isidro Metapán
4FW Joseph Marrero (1993-04-09) 9 April 1993 (age 21) 15 7 Finland Kultsu FC

Results and fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

Coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Puerto Rico – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Michael (February 2001). "Now You See Him". Soccer Digest. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Primerahora.com". Primerahora.com. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  4. ^ [1]

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