Puerto Rico national football team
El Huracán Azul|
(The Blue Hurricane)
|Association||Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (FPF)|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Amado Guevara|
|Most caps||Andrés Cabrero, Héctor Ramos (33)|
|Top scorer||Héctor Ramos (18)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel|
|Current||175 2 (20 September 2018)|
|Highest||97 (March 1994)|
|Lowest||202 (November 2004)|
|Current||189 1 (10 September 2018)|
|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 governed by the Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (FPF). Puerto Rico's national football team is a member of the Caribbean Football Union and part of CONCACAF.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Tournament results
- 4 Coaching staff
- 5 Players
- 6 Results and fixtures
- 7 Records
- 8 Head coaches
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 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.
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 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.
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 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 December 11, 2015, Puerto Rico played a friendly against MLS team New York City losing 2–1.
Jack Stefanowski era
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. He had to left the technical director position because he was an assistant in Puerto Rico FC.
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.
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 October 7 it was reported MLS club, Orlando City SC announced a Fuerza Puerto Rico’ Friendly for November 4 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.
In May 2018, the Puerto Rican Football Federation announced that Carlos Cantarero wouldn't continue as the head coach of the national teams, with former Honduran player Amado Guevara taking over as head coach.
- 1989 to 1990 – Did not enter
- 1991 – Did not qualify
- 1992 – Did not enter
- 1993 – Final 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)
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||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|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|Head coach||Amado Guevara||July 27, 2018|
|Assistant coach||Marco Vélez||July 27, 2018|
|Trainer||Juan Bertani||July 27, 2018|
|Goalkeeping coach||Joel Carvajal||July 27, 2018|
Caps and goals updated as of June 13, 2017 after the match against Indonesia.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Matthew Sanchez||August 4, 1994||14||0||Rio Grande Valley FC|
|12||GK||Cody Laurendi||August 15, 1988||2||0||Oklahoma City Energy|
|18||GK||Joel Serrano||May 17, 1999||0||0||Marshalltown CC|
|4||DF||Marcos Martínez||March 27, 1992||13||0||Caguas Sporting|
|14||DF||Juan Vélez||December 5, 1989||12||0||GPS|
|2||DF||Carlos Rosario||January 30, 1994||7||0||Bayamón FC|
|3||DF||Shawn Barry||April 23, 1990||1||0||Real Salt Lake|
|5||DF||Joshua Calderón||September 11, 1996||1||0||Elm City Express|
|6||DF||Luis Cosme||1||0||Bayamón FC|
|22||DF||Daniel Arce||August 31, 2000||0||0||St. Francis College|
|7||MF||Andrés Cabrero||January 4, 1989||34||4||GPS|
|10||MF||Joseph Marrero||April 9, 1993||29||6||Academia Quintana|
|21||MF||Samuel Soto||August 11, 1992||17||0||Metropolitan FA|
|11||MF||Jorge Rivera||March 24, 1996||9||1||Penn FC|
|17||MF||Alex Oikkonen||October 15, 1994||8||2||PEPO Lappeenranta|
|8||MF||Joseph Villafañe||0||0||Bayamón FC|
|9||FW||Héctor Ramos||May 4, 1990||34||18||Sabah|
|15||FW||Mike Ramos||January 29, 1991||7||1||Tacoma Stars|
|16||FW||Karlos Ferrer||January 28, 1998||3||0||Metropolitan FA|
|20||FW||Ricardo Rivera||April 17, 1997||2||0||Vilamarxant CF|
The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Emmanuel D'Andrea||January 20, 1995||17||1||Atlético Onubense||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018INJ|
|DF||Juan Coca||May 31, 1993||16||2||San Marco Avenza||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018INJ|
|DF||Jason Hernandez||August 26, 1983||3||0||Toronto FC||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018RET|
|DF||Zarek Valentin||August 6, 1991||0||0||Portland Timbers||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018WD|
|MF||Jeremy Hall||September 11, 1988||6||0||Sacramento Republic||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018WD|
|FW||Manolo Sanchez||November 10, 1991||6||1||Tormenta FC||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018INJ|
|FW||Marco Arocha||0||0||Universidad Interamericana||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018PRE|
INJ = Injury
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss Upcoming fixture
|September 9 Nations League Q||Saint Kitts and Nevis||1–0||Puerto Rico||Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis|
|20:00||Panayiotou 90+1'||Report||Stadium: Warner Park
Referee: Johannes Dolaini (Suriname)
|October 13 Nations League Q||Puerto Rico||v||Martinique||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Stadium: Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel
|November 16 Nations League Q||Belize||v||Puerto Rico||Belmopan, Belize|
|Stadium: FFB Stadium
|March 24 Nations League Q||Puerto Rico||v||Grenada||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Stadium: Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel
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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