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 (33)|
|Top scorer||Héctor Ramos (18)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel|
|Current||163 9 (14 September 2017)|
|Highest||97 (March 1994)|
|Lowest||202 (November 2004)|
|Current||186 (28 May 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 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 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 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.
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 Curaçao. 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.
On March 3, 2017; the National team had to cancel their friendly match against Nicaragua next Thursday on March 16, due to logistical difficulties in the call for players. They will play a friendly match against Indonesia on June 13, where they soon conclude the game with 0-0.
- 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 García Cantarero||July 29, 2016|
|Assistant coach||David Guillemat||August 19, 2016|
Caps and goals updated as of June 13, 2017 after the match against Indonesia.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Cody Laurendi||August 15, 1988||1||0||Oklahoma City Energy|
|DF||Elliot Vélez||April 24, 1988||9||0||Criollos de Caguas|
|DF||Felix Dawson||January 27, 1994||3||0||Criollos de Caguas|
|DF||Jorge De La Rosa||April 14, 1997||1||0||GPS|
|DF||Juan Vélez||December 5, 1989||11||0||Bauger|
|DF||Marcos Martínez||March 27, 1992||12||0||Caguas Sporting|
|DF||Javier Lalondriz||June 18, 1987||6||0||GPS|
|DF||Emmanuel D'Andrea (captain)||January 20, 1995||17||1||Manlleu|
|MF||Joseph Marrero||April 9, 1993||28||6||Puerto Rico FC|
|MF||Jorge Rivera||March 24, 1996||8||1||Puerto Rico FC|
|MF||Lucas Arzán||July 25, 1999||1||0||Everton FC Westchester|
|MF||Kevin Hernandez||1||0||Assumption College|
|MF||Andrés Cabrero||January 4, 1989||33||4||Kultsu|
|MF||Gerald Díaz||1||0||Pro Levante|
|MF||Juan Coca||May 31, 1993||16||2||Criollos de Caguas|
|FW||Héctor Ramos||May 4, 1990||33||18||Puerto Rico FC|
|FW||Mike Ramos||January 29, 1991||6||1||Puerto Rico FC|
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||Matthew Sanchez||August 4, 1994||14||0||Unattached||v. Curaçao; October 11, 2016 INJ|
|GK||Christopher Echevarría||November 19, 1994||1||0||Deportivo Istmeño||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|GK||Johnny Santana||April 23, 1989||2||0||Unattached||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|DF||Jason Hernandez||August 26, 1983||3||0||Toronto FC||v. Curaçao; October 11, 2016|
|DF||David Cabán||March 30, 1993||4||0||Åmål||v. Curaçao; October 11, 2016|
|DF||Joan Morales||December 8, 1988||14||0||Criollos de Caguas||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|DF||Alexis RiveraRET||October 29, 1982||31||0||Retired||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|DF||Victor Pinto||January 2, 1992||3||0||Caguas Sportng||v. Dominican Republic; August 30, 2016|
|DF||Jacob Conde||October 13, 1992||3||0||Unattached||v. Curaçao; October 11, 2016|
|MF||Jeremy Hall||September 11, 1988||6||0||Sacramento Republic||v. Curaçao; October 11, 2016|
|MF||Manolo Sanchez||November 10, 1991||6||1||Harrisburg City Islanders||v. Curaçao; October 11, 2016 INJ|
|FW||Olvin Ortiz||November 28, 1990||7||2||Caguas Sportng||v. Curaçao; October 11, 2016|
|FW||Karlos Ferrer||January 28, 1998||3||0||Metropolitan||v. India; September 3, 2016|
|FW||Ricardo Rivera||April 17, 1997||2||0||v. Dominican Republic; August 30, 2016|
|FW||Luis Betancur||March 30, 1995||2||1||Weston FC||v. Curaçao; October 11, 2016|
- PRE = Preliminary squad
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss Upcoming fixture
|March 16 Friendly||Nicaragua||Cancelled||Puerto Rico||Estelí, Nicaragua|
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Independencia
|June 10 Friendly1||Protaba Bantul||0–6||Puerto Rico||Bantul, Indonesia|
|21:00 UTC+07|| 10' Marrero
49', 55' D'Andrea
|Stadium: Sultan Agung Stadium
|June 13 Friendly||Indonesia||0–0||Puerto Rico||Sleman, Indonesia|
|21:45 UTC+07||Report||Stadium: Maguwoharjo Stadium
Referee: Sukhbir Singh (Singapore)
- 1 : Non FIFA 'A' international match
Most capped players
- As of June 13, 2017
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
- As of June 13, 2017
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