Puerto Rico national football team
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.
|Nickname(s)||El Huracán Azul|
(The Blue Hurricane)
|Association||Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (FPF)|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Elgy Morales|
|Most caps||Andrés Cabrero|
Héctor Ramos (35)
|Top scorer||Héctor Ramos (18)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel|
|Current||178 (16 July 2020)|
|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)
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)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. 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 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 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 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.
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. 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 from reaching the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time. Stefanowski had to leave the technical director position because he was an assistant in Puerto Rico FC.
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. 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.
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.
FIFA World CupEdit
|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|
CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
|CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup record|
|1963||Did not enter|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|Caribbean Cup record|
|1989||Did not enter|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|1992||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not qualify|
|1996||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not enter|
|2010||Did not qualify|
Pan American GamesEdit
|Pan American Games record|
|1951||Did not enter|
|1975||Did not qualify|
|1983||Did not qualify|
Schedule and resultsEdit
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
|17 August Friendly||Hartford Athletic||5–1||Puerto Rico||Hartford, United States|
|Stadium: Dillon Stadium|
|5 September Friendly||Honduras||4–0||Puerto Rico||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
Benguche 40', 62'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino|
|10 September Nations League C||Puerto Rico||0–5||Guatemala||Mayagüez, Puerto Rico|
|21:00||Report||Ceballos 30' (pen.)
Guerra 54' (pen.)
Galindo 61' (pen.)
De León 89'
|Stadium: Mayagüez Athletics Stadium|
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)
|15 October Nations League C||Anguilla||2–3||Puerto Rico||The Valley, Anguilla|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre|
Referee: Ricangel de Leça (Aruba)
|16 November Nations League C||Guatemala||5–0||Puerto Rico||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores|
Referee: Nelson Salgado (Honduras)
Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2018 after the match against Belize.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Cody Laurendi||15 August 1988||4||0||Oklahoma City Energy|
|GK||Leftie Millán||23 August 1993||0||0||Bayamón FC|
|GK||Ángel Molinari||0||0||Mirabelli SA|
|GK||Jose Calderon||1 February 2000||0||0||El Tanque Sisley|
|DF||Rodolfo Sulia||8 August 2002||3||0||Gimnasia y Esgrima|
|DF||Luis Cosme||21 December 2000||2||0||Bayamón FC|
|DF||Emmanuel D'Andrea||20 January 1995||16||1||Bayamón FC|
|DF||José Ferrer||0||0||Metropolitan FA|
|DF||Daniel Rosario||0||0||Orlando City B|
|DF||Joshua Calderón||11 September 1996||4||0||North Shore United|
|DF||Carlos Clark||7 November 1996||3||0||Jersey Express|
|MF||Devin Vega||28 December 1998||2||1||Real Monarchs|
|MF||Gerald Díaz||29 March 1999||3||0||Bayamon FC|
|MF||Andrés Cabrero||4 January 1989||33||5||Bayamon FC|
|MF||Jorge Rosa||3 September 1997||1||0||Bayamon FC|
|MF||Joseph Villafañe||30 November 1999||0||0||Bayamón FC|
|MF||Ryan López||0||0||Bayamon FC|
|MF||Jaden Servania||0||0||Birmingham Legion FC|
|MF||Deniz Bozkurt||23 July 1993||3||1||Boca Raton FC|
|MF||Darren Ríos||14 October 1995||1||0||Miami City|
|MF||Alex Oikkonen||15 October 1994||8||2||North Shore United|
|FW||Alec Díaz||7 December 2001||1||0||Tacoma Defiance|
|FW||Ricardo Rivera||17 April 1997||4||0||Vilamarxant CF|
|FW||Sidney Rivera||15 November 1993||6||2||Police FC|
|FW||Lucas Borrilez||0||0||Minneapolis City SC|
|FW||Wilfredo Rivera||0||0||Orlando City B|
|Head coach||Elgy Morales||25 May 2019|
|Assistant coach||Pablo Almagro||25 May 2019|
Most capped playersEdit
- As of 13 June 2017
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
- As of 13 June 2017
Historical list of coachesEdit
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