Puerto Rico national football team

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Puerto Rico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) El Huracán Azul
(The Blue Hurricane)
Association Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF
(North America)
Head coach Carlos Avedissian
Captain Héctor Ramos
Most caps Alexis Rivera Curet (27)
Top scorer Héctor Ramos (13)
Home stadium Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel
FIFA code PUR
FIFA ranking 152 Decrease 2 (3 September 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 97 (March 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 202 (November 2004)
Elo ranking 182
Highest Elo ranking 171 (21–25 May 1993)
Lowest Elo ranking 201 (3 February 2001, 21 July 2002)
First colours
Second colours
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)
CFU Championship
& Caribbean Cup
Appearances 13 (First in 1978)
Best result Fourth place; 1981

The Puerto Rico national football team is the national team of Puerto Rico and is controlled by Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol. Puerto Rico's national football team is a member of the Caribbean Football Union, part of the 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 almost dropped all the way down in the FIFA Rankings as they went to 202.[1]

Puerto Rico playing against Spain.

2008–present[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 the Caribbean giants 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 Central American powerhouse 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 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 resign and a few days later Carlos Avedissian solved his Visa problems and could finally arrive as the head coach of the national team.

Tournament results[edit]

Caribbean Cup[edit]

Gold Cup[edit]

  • 1991 to 2015Did not enter or Did not qualify

Pan American Games[edit]

  • 1979 – Round 2 (5th Place)

World Cup[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Second Round against Grenada 

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Matthew Sanchez (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 21) 4 0 United States Loyola University Maryland
21 1GK José Arroyo (1996-11-04) 4 November 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Puerto Rico Bayamon FC
6 2DF Alexis Rivera (1982-10-29) 29 October 1982 (age 32) 27 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
15 2DF Joan Morales (1988-08-12) 12 August 1988 (age 27) 11 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
3 2DF Alberto Montesino (1993-06-21) 21 June 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Puerto Rico Levittown Fluminense FC
19 2DF Felix Dawson (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
4 2DF Javier Lalondriz (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 28) 2 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
2DF Cristian Arrieta (1979-09-18) 18 September 1979 (age 35) 21 5 United States F.A. Euro
14 3MF Andrés Pérez (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 26) 14 0 United States Weston FC
11 3MF Juan Coca (1993-05-31) 31 May 1993 (age 22) 8 0 Finland Kultsu FC
5 3MF Michael Fernandez (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
7 3MF Andrés Cabrero (1989-01-04) 4 January 1989 (age 26) 23 5 Finland Kultsu FC
12 3MF Deniz Bozkurt (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 22) 3 1 Germany Rot Weiss Ahlen
3MF Marcos Martinez 0 0 Puerto Rico Leones de Maunabo FC
3MF Álvaro Betancourt 7 0 Puerto Rico Bayamon FC
9 4FW Héctor Ramos (1990-05-04) 4 May 1990 (age 25) 25 13 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadisiyah FC
10 4FW Joseph Marrero (1993-04-09) 9 April 1993 (age 22) 18 7 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
18 4FW Lemuel Sálamo (1992-02-13) 13 February 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
8 4FW Eloy Matos (1985-04-04) 4 April 1985 (age 30) 3 0 Puerto Rico Levittown Fluminense FC
16 4FW Joséph Acevedo 1 0 Puerto Rico Guayama FC
4FW Pedro Rosado (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC
4FW José Pérez (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Puerto Rico Universidad del Turabo

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 Eric Reyes (1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 23) 12 0 Unattached 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
GK Luis Fiol 0 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
DF Joshua Danza (1990-01-026) January 26, 1990 (age 25) 0 0 United States Philadelphia Fury 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF), June 12, 2015 (preliminary)
DF Emmanuel D'AndreaInjured (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 20) 7 1 Spain Sevilla FC C v.  Bermuda, June 6, 2015
DF Juan Velez Injured 3 0 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas FC 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
DF Joel Rivera 3 0 Unattached 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
DF Gustavo Rivera (1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 22) 4 0 United States Miami Fusion FC 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
DF Jayson Concepción (1991-11-02) 2 November 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Puerto Rico Don Bosco v.  Canada, 30 March 2015
DF Carlos Rosario (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
DF Sean Sweeney 0 0 United States Fort Pitt FC Regiment 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
DF Steven Estrada (1987-08-17) 17 August 1987 (age 28) 5 0 Unattached 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
MF Eduardo Jimenez 0 0 Unattached 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
MF Alex Oikkonen Injured (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 20) 8 2 Finland Kultsu FC 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
MF Samuel Soto (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 23) 11 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 7, 2014
FW Reid Strain (1994-01-04) January 4, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Costa Rica Aserrí Fútbol Club 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification, September 3, 2014 (preliminary)

Results and fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Coaches[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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