Puerto Rico national football team
|Nickname(s)||El Huracán Azul
(The Blue Hurricane)
|Association||Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (FPF)|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Carlos García Cantarero|
|Most caps||Andrés Cabrero, Héctor Ramos (32)|
|Top scorer||Héctor Ramos (18)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel|
|Current||145 (9 March 2017)|
|Highest||97 (March 1994)|
|Lowest||202 (November 2004)|
|Current||185 (26 March 2017)|
|Highest||171 (May 21–25, 1993)|
|Lowest||201 (February 3, 2001; July 21, 2002)|
| Cuba 1–1 Puerto Rico
(Havana, Cuba; November 12, 1940)
| Puerto Rico 9–0 Saint-Martin
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; September 9, 2012)
| 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Tournament results
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Players
- 5 Results and fixtures
- 6 Records
- 7 Managers
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
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 United States of America, 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 dropped down in the FIFA Rankings to 202nd.
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.
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 canceled.
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.
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. The team played three friendlies, two against Dominican Republic and one against India, prior to the third round matches against Antigua and Barbuda and Curacao. Puerto Rico lost the decisive match against Curacao after being 2-0 up front for which Curacao as head of group advanced to the Gold Cup.
- 1989 to 1990 – Did not enter
- 1991 – Did not qualify
- 1992 – Did not enter
- 1993 – Group stage
- 1994 to 1995 – Did not qualify
- 1996 – Did not enter
- 1997 – Withdrew
- 1998 to 2005 – Did not qualify
- 2007 to 2008 – Did not enter
- 2010 to 2017 – Did not qualify
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 2018 – Did not qualify
|Head coach||Carlos Cantarero||July 29, 2016|
|Assistant coach||David Guillemat||August 19, 2016|
|Goalkeeper coach||Omar Dimas|
Caps and goals updated as of October 11, 2016 after the match against Curaçao.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Cody Laurendi||August 15, 1988||0||0||Oklahoma City Energy|
|GK||Matthew Sanchez||August 4, 1994||14||0||Unattached|
|DF||Jason Hernandez||August 26, 1983||3||0||Toronto FC|
|DF||David Cabán||March 30, 1993||4||0||Åmål|
|DF||Elliot Vélez||April 24, 1988||8||0||Criollos de Caguas|
|DF||Juan Vélez||December 5, 1989||10||0||Bauger|
|DF||Marcos Martínez||March 27, 1992||11||0||Club Atlético Fajardo|
|DF||Jacob Conde||October 13, 1992||3||0||Bridges FC|
|DF||Emmanuel D'Andrea||January 20, 1995||16||1||Manlleu|
|MF||Joseph Marrero||April 9, 1993||27||6||Puerto Rico FC|
|MF||Jorge Rivera||March 24, 1996||7||1||Puerto Rico FC|
|MF||Jeremy Hall||September 11, 1988||6||0||Sacramento Republic|
|MF||Manolo Sanchez||November 10, 1991||6||1||Harrisburg City Islanders|
|MF||Andrés Cabrero||January 4, 1989||32||4||Kultsu|
|MF||Juan Coca||May 31, 1993||15||2||Criollos de Caguas|
|FW||Héctor Ramos||May 4, 1990||32||18||Puerto Rico FC|
|FW||Mike Ramos||January 29, 1991||5||1||Puerto Rico FC|
|FW||Luis Betancur||March 30, 1995||2||1||Unattached|
|FW||Olvin Ortiz||November 28, 1990||7||2||Metropolitan|
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||April 4, 1996||0||0||Nittany Lions||v. Antigua and Barbuda; June 4, 2016|
|GK||Johnny Santana||April 23, 1989||2||0||Unattached||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|GK||Christopher Echevarría||November 19, 1994||1||0||Metropolitan||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|DF||Patrick Lopez||July 12, 1993||1||0||Unattached||v. United States; May 22, 2016|
|DF||Javier Lalondriz||June 18, 1987||5||0||Criollos de Caguas||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|DF||Joan Morales||December 8, 1988||14||0||Criollos de Caguas||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|DF||Alberto Montesino||June 21, 1993||2||0||Atléticos de Levittown||v. New York City, December 11, 2015|
|DF||Carlos Rosario||January 30, 1994||7||0||Bayamón||v. Guyana; March 29, 2016|
|DF||Alexis Rivera||October 29, 1982||31||0||Retired||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|DF||Christian Abreu||1||0||Guayanilla Pumas||v. Antigua and Barbuda; June 4, 2016|
|DF||Victor Pinto||January 2, 1992||3||0||Club Atlético Fajardo||v. Dominican Republic; August 30, 2016|
|DF||Luis Lorenzo||March 3, 1993||1||0||Club Atlético Fajardo||v. Dominican Republic; August 28, 2016|
|MF||Alex Oikkonen||October 15, 1994||8||2||Unattached||v. New York City, December 11, 2015|
|MF||Darren Ríos||October 14, 1995||1||0||FIU Golden Panthers||v. United States; May 22, 2016|
|MF||Carlos Clark||November 7, 1996||3||0||Albany Great Danes||v. Antigua and Barbuda; June 4, 2016|
|MF||Michael Fernández||February 9, 1994||7||0||Bayamón||v. United States; May 22, 2016|
|MF||Samuel Soto||August 11, 1992||16||0||Metropolitan||v. Dominican Republic; August 28, 2016|
|MF||Andony Burgos||2||0||v. Dominican Republic; August 28, 2016|
|FW||Reid Strain||January 4, 1994||2||0||Bridges FC||v. Guyana; March 29, 2016|
|FW||Karlos Ferrer||January 28, 1998||3||0||Metropolitan||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|FW||Dennis Beltré||2||0||Don Bosco||v. Guyana; March 29, 2016|
|FW||Ricardo Rivera||April 17, 1997||2||0||v. Dominican Republic; August 30, 2016|
- PRE = Preliminary squad
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss Upcoming fixture
|March 26 2017 CCQ||Anguilla||0–4||Puerto Rico||The Valley, Anguilla|
|Report||Coca 16', 53'
|Stadium: Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre
Referee: Moeth Gaymes (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
|March 29 2017 CCQ||Puerto Rico||0–1||Guyana||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Report||Austin 60'||Stadium: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Referee: Rodphin Harris (Trinidad and Tobago)
|May 22 Friendly||Puerto Rico||1–3||United States||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Betancur 41'||Report||Ream 20'
|Stadium: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Referee: Kimball Ward (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
|June 1 2017 CCQ||Grenada||3–3 (a.e.t.)
|Puerto Rico||St. George's, Grenada|
|John-Brown 3', 27'
|Report||Ramos 44' (pen.), 54'
|Stadium: Grenada National Stadium
Referee: Wilson Dacosta (Bahamas)
|June 4 2017 CCQ||Puerto Rico||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Antigua and Barbuda||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Ramos 5', 115'||Report||Blackstock 35'||Stadium: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Referee: Sandy Vásquez (Dominican Republic)
|August 30 Friendly||Puerto Rico||0–1||Dominican Republic||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Report||Cabán 12' (o.g.)||Stadium: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Referee: Javier Santos (Puerto Rico)
|September 3 Friendly||India||4–1||Puerto Rico||Mumbai, India|
J. Singh 58'
|Report||Sanchez 8' (pen.)||Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena
|October 8 2017 CCQ||Antigua and Barbuda||2–0||Puerto Rico||Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda|
|Report||Stadium: Antigua Recreation Ground
|October 11 2017 CCQ||Puerto Rico||2–4 (a.e.t.)||Curaçao||Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium, Bayamón|
|H. Ramos 16'
M. Ramos 27'
Bacuna 85', 120+1'
|March 16 Friendly||Nicaragua||Cancelled||Puerto Rico||Estelí, Nicaragua|
|Stadium: Estadio Independencia
Most capped players
- As of September 3, 2016
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
- As of September 3, 2016
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- Lewis, Michael (February 2001). "Now You See Him". Soccer Digest. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
- "Primerahora.com". Primerahora.com. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
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