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|Nickname(s)||El Huracán Azul|
(The Blue Hurricane)
|Association||Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Charlie Trout|
|Most caps||Héctor Ramos (36)|
|Top scorer||Héctor Ramos (18)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Centroamericano|
|Current||160 3 (21 September 2023)|
|Highest||97 (March 1994)|
|Lowest||202 (November 2004)|
| Cuba 1–1 Puerto Rico |
(Havana, Cuba; 12 November 1940)
| Puerto Rico 9–0 Saint Martin |
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 9 September 2012)
| Netherlands Antilles 15–0 Puerto Rico |
(Caracas, Venezuela; 15 January 1959)
The Puerto Rico national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Puerto Rico) represents Puerto Rico in men's international football, and are governed by the Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (FPF). The team's nickname is El Huracán Azul meaning The Blue Hurricane. They are members of the Caribbean Football Union, and part of CONCACAF. The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup or the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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 1980s and 1990s 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, for whom he has since been capped over 50 times.
Over the past few years, Puerto Rico has begun to emerge as a contender, like they were in the 1990s. In 2008, they won two games as visitors against Bermuda (1–0 and 2–0), drew 2–2 with Trinidad and Tobago. They also won for the first time since 1994 when they beat the Dominican Republic in the first round of the 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. Most capped player Andres Cabrero is the only active player as of 2021 who participated in said 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
Puerto Rico was 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.
On 5 June 2015, Puerto Rico played a friendly against Bermuda, their last friendly before the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup ending in a 1–1 draw. After losing to Grenada 2–1 in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, 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 11 December 2015, Puerto Rico played a friendly against MLS team New York City, losing 2–1.
Carlos Avedissian took charge of the team in 2015 forming a roster mainly of players from the Puerto Rico local leagues. On 22 May 2016, Puerto Rico played a friendly match against the United States for the first time ever ending in a 3–1 loss. For discrepancies with the Federation, Avedissian was substituted by Jack Stefanowski for the second round on an interim basis. With this team mainly of local players, Puerto Rico 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 from reaching the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time. Stefanowski had to leave the technical director position because he was an assistant for Puerto Rico FC.
After Stefanowski left the team to continue with Puerto Rico FC, Carlos Cantarero assumed as head coach of the national team with Jose Cukito Martinez (who had coached most of the local players in the Puerto Rico League) as assistant coach. The team played three friendlies, two against the Dominican Republic and one against India, prior to the third round matches against Antigua and Barbuda and Curaçao. Coach Cantarero couldn't coach in the friendlies due to visa problems. After the second friendly against the Dominican Republic Assistant Coach Martinez left the team prior to the trip to India and David Guillemat assumed the position. Regardless of the administrative debacle, and coaching changes, Puerto Rico lost the decisive match against Curaçao after being 2–0 up front for which Curaçao as head of group advanced to the Gold Cup.
Puerto Rico didn't play an international match until the summer of 2017 when they played to a scoreless draw against Indonesia.
After the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September that left the entire island powerless. On 7 October it was reported MLS club, Orlando City SC announced a Fuerza Puerto Rico’ Friendly for 4 November with all the net proceeds from the match going towards the United for Puerto Rico initiative to raise funds and aid recovery efforts for the island. Reactivating the national team for a 3rd time this year. The friendly marked Orlando City’s last game of 2017, as well team captain, Kaká with the lions. Puerto Rico lost the exhibition match 6–1.
Amado Guevara era
In May 2018, the Puerto Rican Football Federation announced that Carlos Cantarero would no longer continue as head coach of the national team, with former Honduran player Amado Guevara taking over as head coach.
On March 19th 2023, just days before the Nations League, the Puerto Rican Football Federation announced Charlie Trout as the new head coach pf the national team.
2022–23 Nations League
In the second season of the CONCACAF Nations League, Puerto Rico would again be apart of the C-League. This time being inserted to Group D alongside the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. The team would go on to beat the British Islands 3-1 and then later beat the Cayman Islands 5-1. The team would go on to win the group stage, thus earning a Gold Cup prelims invitation and promotion into the B league for the next Nations league.
In the Gold Cup prelims, the team would draw against Suriname 0-0 and later winning in a penalty shootout 4-3. In the second round of the prelims, Puerto Rico would face Martinique. The team would lose 2-0 and be eliminated from the tournament.
Results and fixtures
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|23 March 2022–23 Nations League||British Virgin Islands||1–3||Puerto Rico||Road Town, British Virgin Islands|
|15:00 UTC−4||T. Forbes 36' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: A. O. Shirley Recreation Ground|
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
|26 March 2022–23 Nations League||Puerto Rico||5–1||Cayman Islands||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
||Stadium: Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel|
Referee: Katja Koroleva (United States)
|13 June Friendly||Curaçao||0–0||Puerto Rico||Fort Lauderdale, United States|
|21:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium|
|17 June 2023 Gold Cup qualification||Suriname||0–0|
|Puerto Rico||Fort Lauderdale, United States|
|20:20 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium|
Referee: Joseph Dickerson (United States)
|Note: Puerto Rico advance on penalties 4–3|
|20 June 2023 Gold Cup qualification||Martinique||2–0||Puerto Rico||Fort Lauderdale, United States|
|20:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium|
Referee: Rubiel Vázquez (United States)
|Note: Martinique advance to 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|9 September 2023–24 Nations League||Bahamas||1–6||Puerto Rico||Nassau, Bahamas|
||Report||Stadium: Thomas Robinson Stadium|
Referee: Julio Luna (Guatemala)
|12 September 2023–24 Nations League||Puerto Rico||5–0||Antigua and Barbuda||Nassau, Bahamas|
|19:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Thomas Robinson Stadium|
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)
- As of 23 June 2023.
|Sporting director||Daniel Sellitti||14 January 2022|
|Head coach||Charlie Trout||19 March 2023|
|Assistant coach||Baggio Hušidić||19 March 2023|
|Goalkeeping coach||Angel Molinari||19 March 2023|
- Caretaker managers are listed in italics.
- Eduardo Ordóñez Munguira (1959)
- Raúl Marchant González (1966)
- Egberto Morales Carrasco (1972)
- / Luis Villarejo (1974–1975)
- Carlos Martinolli (1978–1979)
- Joe Serralta (1979–1982)
- Juan "Saso" Tullier (1982–1984)
- Ricardo "Richie" Romano (1985–1990)
- Víctor Hugo Barros (1990–1991)
- Arnie Ramirez (1992)
- Oscar Rosa (1992)
- Cristóbal Vaccaro (1996)
- José Luis "Majo" Rodríguez (1999)
- Raimundo Gatinho (2000)
- Toribio Rojas (2002–2003)
- Víctor Hugo Barros (2004)
- Colin Clarke (2007–2011)
- Jack Stefanowski (2011)
- Adrian Whitbread (2011)
- Jeaustin Campos (2011–2013)
- Víctor Hugo Barros (2013–2014)
- Jose Martinez (2015)
- Carlos Avedissian (2015–2016)
- Jack Stefanowski (2016)
- Carlos García Cantarero (2016–2018)
- Amado Guevara (2018–2019)
- Elgy Morales (2019–2021)
- Dave Sarachan (2021–2022)
- Charlie Trout (2023–present)
Caps and goals correct as of 20 June 2023, after the match against Martinique.
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||Sebastián Cutler||May 20, 2003||2||0||Charlotte 49ers||v. Martinique, June 20, 2023 PRE|
|GK||Aurie Echevarría||June 26, 2001||0||0||Fort Wayne||v. Martinique, June 20, 2023 PRE|
|DF||Giovanni Calderón||February 8, 2002||5||0||Ventura County Fusion||v. Martinique, June 20, 2023 PRE|
|DF||Zarek Valentin||August 6, 1991||6||1||Minnesota United||v. Martinique, June 20, 2023 PRE|
|DF||Beto Ydrach||May 26, 2001||6||0||UCF Knights||v. Martinique, June 20, 2023 PRE|
|DF||Sidney Paris||April 26, 2002||4||0||Wake Forest Demon Deacons||v. Martinique, June 20, 2023 PRE|
|MF||José Luis López||February 25, 2002||0||0||Queensboro FC||v. Bahamas, September 9, 2023 PRE|
|MF||Marco Cantalapiedra||August 8, 2008||0||0||Inter Miami Academy||v. Bahamas, September 9, 2023 PRE|
|MF||Diego Rossi||May 19, 2005||0||0||Parma||v. Suriname, June 17, 2023 PRE|
|FW||Alec Díaz||December 7, 2001||8||0||Toronto FC II||v. Martinique, June 20, 2023 PRE|
|FW||Leandro Antonetti||January 1, 2003||6||1||CD Lugo||v. Martinique, June 20, 2023 PRE|
|FW||Jeremy de León||March 18, 2004||0||0||Castellón||v. Suriname, June 17, 2023 PRE|
- As of 20 June 2023
- Players in bold are still active with Puerto Rico.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1962||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1974||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||12|
|1978||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1986||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||8|
|2006||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2010||Did not qualify||3||1||1||1||3||6|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
CONCACAF Gold Cup
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record|
|1963||Did not enter|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify|
CONCACAF Nations League
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2023–24||B||D||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First match|| Puerto Rico 0–5 Guatemala |
(10 September 2019; Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
|Biggest win|| Puerto Rico 6–0 British Virgin Islands |
(12 June 2022; Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
|Biggest defeat|| Puerto Rico 0–5 Guatemala |
(10 September 2019; Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
Guatemala 5–0 Puerto Rico
(16 November 2019; Guatemala City, Guatemala)
CFU Caribbean Cup
|CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record||Qualification record|
|1978||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||1||2|
|1979||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1981||Fourth place||4th||3||0||1||2||1||9||Qualified as host|
|1983||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1991||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||3||6|
|1992||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||1||2|
|1996||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||1||7|
|2007||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2010||Did not qualify||6||3||0||3||10||8|
Pan American Games
|Pan American Games record|
|1951||Did not enter|
|1983||Did not enter|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify|
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- Puerto Rico national under-17 football team
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