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 Carlos Avedissian
Captain Héctor Ramos
Most caps Alexis Rivera Curet (27)
Top scorer Héctor Ramos (13)
Home stadium Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel
FIFA code PUR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 172 Decrease 2 (3 December 2015)
Highest 97 (March 1994)
Lowest 202 (November 2004)
First international
 Cuba 1–1  Puerto Rico
(Havana, Cuba; November 12, 1940)

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. On June 5, 2015, Puerto Rico played a friendly against Bermuda their last friendly before the world cup qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup ending in a 1–1 draw. After losing to Grenada 2–1 in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers round 2 Puerto Rico's Interim coach Jose 'Cukito' Martinez resign and a few days later Carlos Avedissian solved his Visa problems and could finally arrive as the head coach of the national team. On December 11, 2015, Puerto Rico played a friendly against the MLS team New York City FC losing 2–1 after two annulled goals.

Tournament results[edit]

Caribbean Cup[edit]

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 Friendly against New York City FC

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Matthew Sanchez (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 21) 5 0 United States Loyola Greyhounds
2 2DF Cristian Arrieta (1979-09-18) 18 September 1979 (age 36) 22 5 United States F.A. Euro
3 2DF Alberto Montesino (1993-06-21) 21 June 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Puerto Rico Atletico de Levittown
4 2DF Luis Lorenzo (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Puerto Rico Spartans FC
5 3MF Michael Fernandez (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 21) 4 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
6 2DF Juan Velez (1985-12-05) 5 December 1985 (age 30) 24 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
7 3MF Andrés Cabrero (1989-01-04) 4 January 1989 (age 27) 22 5 Finland Kultsu FC
8 3MF Marcos Martinez (1992-03-27) 27 March 1992 (age 23) 3 0 Puerto Rico Leones de Maunabo FC
9 4FW Héctor Ramos (1990-05-04) 4 May 1990 (age 25) 28 13 El Salvador C.D. Águila
10 4FW Joseph Marrero (1993-04-09) 9 April 1993 (age 22) 19 7 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
11 3MF Juan Coca (1993-05-31) 31 May 1993 (age 22) 7 0 Finland Kultsu FC
12 3MF Alex Oikkonen (1993-10-15) 15 October 1993 (age 22) 8 0 Finland Kultsu FC
13 1GK Alessandro Salvatore (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 28) 2 0 Unattached
14 3MF Manolo Sanchez (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 (age 24) 1 0 United States New York Red Bulls
19 2DF Felix Dawson (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK José Arroyo 0 0 United States Penn State Abington 2018 World Cup qualification, June 16, 2015
DF Josh Danza (1990-01-026) January 26, 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Retired 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF), June 12, 2015 (preliminary)
DF Emmanuel D'Andrea (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 21) 6 1 Spain Sevilla FC C v.  Bermuda, June 6, 2015
DF Alexis Rivera (1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 30) 22 0 Puerto Rico Bayamon FC 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, June 12 7, 2015
DF Joan Morales (1988-08-12) August 12, 1988 (age 27) 2 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, June 12, 2015
MF Andres Perez (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 27) 18 0 Retired 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, June 6, 2015
MF Deniz Bozkurt (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 22) 8 2 Germany Rot Weiss Ahlen 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, June 6, 2015
FW Reid Strain (1994-01-04) January 4, 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Costa Rica Aserrí Fútbol Club 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, June 6, 2015 (preliminary)

Results and fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[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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