Puerto Rico national football team

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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Puerto Rico women's national football team.
Puerto Rico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) El Huracán Azul (The Blue Hurricane)
Association Puerto Rican Football Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Carlos García Cantarero
Captain Emmanuel D'Andrea
Most caps Alexis Rivera and Héctor Ramos (30)
Top scorer Héctor Ramos (17)
Home stadium Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel
FIFA code PUR
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 114 Decrease 2 (11 August 2016)
Highest 97 (March 1994)
Lowest 202 (November 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 181 Increase 1 (10 July 2016)
Highest 171 (21–25 May 1993)
Lowest 201 (3 February 2001, 21 July 2002)
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)

The Puerto Rico national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Puerto Rico) is the national team of Puerto Rico and is controlled by the Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (FPF). Puerto Rico's national football team is a member of the Caribbean Football Union, part of 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 dropped down in the FIFA Rankings to 202nd.[1]

Puerto Rico playing against Spain.

2008–2015[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 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 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 FIFA 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 resigned and a few days later the Uruguayan 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 MLS team New York City FC losing 2–1.

2016–present[edit]

On May 22, 2016, Puerto Rico played a friendly match against the United States for the first time ever ending in a 3–1 loss. They advanced for the first time to the third round of the 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification when they defeated Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda in the second round, only two games away for reaching the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time.

Tournament results[edit]

Caribbean Cup[edit]

Gold Cup[edit]

  • 1991 to 2015Did not enter or Did not qualify
  • 2017To be determined

Pan American Games[edit]

  • 1979 – Round 2 (5th Place)

World Cup[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Name Start date
Head coach Spain Carlos García Cantarero July 29, 2016
Assistant coach Spain David Guillemat August 19, 2016
Assistant coach Puerto Rico José Martínez August 19, 2016
Goalkeeper coach Puerto Rico
Fitness coach Puerto Rico

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against the Dominican Republic and India in August and September 2016:
Caps and goals updated as of August 28, 2016 after the match against Dominican Republic.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Matthew Sánchez (1994-08-04) August 4, 1994 (age 22) 8 0 United States Loyola Greyhounds
1GK Christopher Echevarría (1994-11-19) November 19, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Puerto Rico Metropolitan

2DF Emmanuel D'Andrea (Captain) (1995-01-20) January 20, 1995 (age 21) 12 1 Unattached
2DF Juan Vélez (1989-12-05) December 5, 1989 (age 26) 8 0 Puerto Rico Club Atlético Fajardo
2DF Elliot Vélez (1988-04-24) April 24, 1988 (age 28) 5 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas
2DF Victor Pinto (1992-01-02) January 2, 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Puerto Rico Club Atlético Fajardo
2DF Marcos Martínez (1992-03-27) March 27, 1992 (age 24) 8 0 Puerto Rico Club Atlético Fajardo
2DF Luis Lorenzo (1993-03-03) March 3, 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Puerto Rico Club Atlético Fajardo
2DF Jacob Conde (1992-10-13) October 13, 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Unattached

3MF Jeremy Hall (1988-09-11) September 11, 1988 (age 27) 3 0 United States Sacramento Republic
3MF Andrés Cabrero (1989-01-04) January 4, 1989 (age 27) 27 4 Finland Kultsu
3MF Juan Coca (1993-05-31) May 31, 1993 (age 23) 10 2 Finland Kultsu
3MF David Cabán (1993-03-30) March 30, 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Sweden Ånge
3MF Felix Dawson (1994-01-27) January 27, 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Unattached
3MF Andony Burgos 1 0

4FW Héctor Ramos (1990-05-04) May 4, 1990 (age 26) 30 17 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
4FW Joseph Marrero (1993-04-09) April 9, 1993 (age 23) 24 6 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
4FW Jorge Rivera (1996-03-24) March 24, 1996 (age 20) 5 1 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
4FW Karlos Ferrer (1998-01-28) January 28, 1998 (age 18) 1 0 Puerto Rico Metropolitan
4FW Mike Ramos (1991-01-29) January 29, 1991 (age 25) 1 0 United States Kitsap Pumas
4FW Ricardo Rivera 1 0

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 Alessandro Salvatore (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 29) 2 0 Unattached v. New York City, December 11, 2015
GK Jose Arroyo (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 20) 0 0 United States Nittany Lions v.  Dominican Republic; August 28, 2016
GK Bryant Velázquez (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 (age 19) 0 0 United States Western Nebraska Community College v.  Antigua and Barbuda; June 4, 2016
GK Johnny Santana (1989-04-23) April 23, 1989 (age 27) 1 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas v.  Dominican Republic; August 28, 2016

DF Jason Hernandez (1983-08-26) 26 August 1983 (age 33) 1 0 United States New York City v.  Guyana; March 29, 2016
DF Cristian Arrieta Injured (1979-09-18) 18 September 1979 (age 36) 22 5 United States F.A. Euro v. New York City, December 11, 2015
DF Patrick Lopez (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 23) 1 0 United States Miami City v.  United States; May 22, 2016
DF Alberto Montesino (1993-06-21) 21 June 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Puerto Rico Atléticos de Levittown v. New York City, December 11, 2015
DF Alexis Rivera Injured (1982-10-29) 29 October 1982 (age 33) 30 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón v.  United States; May 22, 2016
DF Carlos Rosario (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón v.  Guyana; March 29, 2016
DF Javier Lalondriz (1987-06-18) June 18, 1987 (age 29) 4 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas v.  Dominican Republic; August 28, 2016
DF Joan Morales (1988-12-08) December 8, 1988 (age 27) 10 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas v.  Dominican Republic; August 28, 2016
DF Christian Abreu 1 0 Puerto Rico Guayanilla Pumas v.  Antigua and Barbuda; June 4, 2016

MF Manolo Sanchez (1991-11-10) 10 November 1991 (age 24) 3 0 United States San Antonio v.  Antigua and Barbuda; June 4, 2016
MF Alex Oikkonen Injured (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 21) 8 2 Finland Kultsu v. New York City, December 11, 2015
MF Darren Rios (1995-10-14) 14 October 1995 (age 20) 1 0 United States FIU Golden Panthers v.  United States; May 22, 2016
MF Carlos Clark (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 19) 3 0 United States Albany Great Danes v.  Antigua and Barbuda; June 4, 2016
MF Michael Fernández Injured (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón v.  United States; May 22, 2016
MF Samuel Soto (1992-08-11) August 11, 1992 (age 24) 16 0 Puerto Rico Metropolitan v.  Dominican Republic; August 28, 2016

FW Olvin Ortiz Injured (1990-11-28) 28 November 1990 (age 25) 4 2 Puerto Rico Yabuco v.  Antigua and Barbuda; June 4, 2016
FW Dennis Beltré 2 0 Puerto Rico Don Bosco v.  Guyana; March 29, 2016
FW Reid Strain (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Costa Rica Aserrí v.  Guyana; March 29, 2016
FW Luis Betancur (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 21) 1 1 United States FIU Golden Panthers v.  Antigua and Barbuda; June 4, 2016
  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • Injured = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016[edit]

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

As of June 9, 2016
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Alexis Rivera 2004– 30 0
Héctor Ramos 2010– 30 17
2 Andrés Cabrero 2008– 27 5
3 Joseph Marrero 2011– 24 6
4 Noah Delgado 2008–2012 23 3
5 Cristian Arrieta 2010– 22 5
6 Chris Megaloudis 2008–2012 20 6
7 Andrés Pérez 2011–2015 19 0
8 Richard Martinez 2008–2012 17 0
Tyler Wilson 2010–2012 17 0
9 John Krause 2010–2012 16 1

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of June 9, 2016
# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Héctor Ramos 2010– 17 30
2 Joseph Marrero 2011– 6 24
Chris Megaloudis 2008–2012 6 20
3 Cristian Arrieta 2010– 5 22
4 Andrés Cabrero 2008– 4 27
5 Josh Hansen 2010–2012 3 9
Noah Delgado 2008–2012 3 22
Petter Villegas 2008–2011 3 14
Raphael Ortiz 2000–2010 3 11
6 Juan Coca 2012– 2 10
Alex Oikkonen 2011– 2 8
Olvin Ortiz 2016– 2 4
Isaac Nieves 2004–2010 2 9

Managers[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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