Puerto Rico national football team
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.
|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||180 (25 July 2019)|
|Highest||97 (March 1994)|
|Lowest||202 (November 2004)|
|Current||192 5 (20 August 2019)|
|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)
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 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.
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 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 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 GamesEdit
- 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||Elgy Morales||May 25, 2019|
|Assistant coach||Pablo Almagro||May 25, 2019|
Caps and goals updated as of November 16, 2018 after the match against Belize.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|12||GK||Cody Laurendi||August 15, 1988||5||0||Oklahoma City Energy|
|1||GK||Leftie Millán||August 23, 1993||0||0||Bayamón FC|
|18||GK||Ángel Molinari||0||0||Mirabelli SA|
|8||DF||Emmanuel D'Andrea (captain)||January 20, 1995||19||1||Bayamón FC|
|4||DF||Marcos Martínez||March 27, 1992||16||0||Guayama FC|
|14||DF||Juan Vélez||December 5, 1989||13||0||Guayama FC|
|3||DF||Shawn Barry||April 23, 1990||4||0||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|5||DF||Joshua Calderón||September 11, 1996||4||0||Patriotas Boyacá|
|6||DF||Luis Cosme||December 21, 2000||2||0||Bayamón FC|
|13||DF||Nicolás Cardona||February 11, 1999||0||0||Assumption College|
|2||DF||José Ferrer||0||0||Metropolitan FA|
|7||MF||Andrés Cabrero||January 4, 1989||35||4||Bayamón FC|
|10||MF||Joseph Marrero||April 9, 1993||32||6||Academia Quintana|
|23||MF||Alex Oikkonen||October 15, 1994||11||2||AC Kajaani|
|16||MF||Juan O'Neill||July 12, 1998||4||0||Assumption College|
|15||MF||Gerald Díaz||March 29, 1999 (aged 19)||3||0||Unattached|
|21||MF||Alejandro Rabell||November 12, 2001||2||0||Bayamón FC|
|11||MF||Joseph Villafañe||November 30, 1999||0||0||Bayamón FC|
|24||MF||Ryan López||0||0||Guaynabo Gol SC|
|9||FW||Héctor Ramos||May 4, 1990||36||18||Alianza F.C.|
|19||FW||Mike Ramos||January 29, 1991||9||1||Spokane Shadow|
|20||FW||Ricardo Rivera||April 17, 1997||4||0||Vilamarxant CF|
|17||FW||Sidney Rivera||November 15, 1993||1||0||Philadelphia Fury|
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||Bryant Velázquez||January 17, 1997||0||0||Retired||v. Belize; November 16, 2018|
|GK||Joel Serrano||May 17, 1999||0||0||Marshalltown CC||v. Martinique; October 13, 2018|
|GK||Matthew Sanchez||August 4, 1994||12||0||Unattached||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018INJ|
|DF||Edric Toro||July 14, 2000 (aged 18)||0||0||Wake Forest University||v. Belize; November 16, 2018|
|DF||Daniel Arce||August 31, 2000||0||0||St. Francis College||v. Martinique; October 13, 2018|
|DF||Carlos Rosario||January 30, 1994||7||0||Bayamón FC||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018|
|MF||Jorge Rivera||March 24, 1996||11||1||Don Bosco||v. Belize; November 16, 2018|
|MF||Jeremy Hall||September 11, 1988||7||0||Retired||v. Belize; November 16, 2018WD|
|MF||Samuel Soto||August 11, 1992||16||0||Guayama FC||v. Martinique; October 13, 2018|
|MF||Deniz Bozkurt||July 23, 1993||4||1||Retired||v. Martinique; October 13, 2018|
|FW||Karlos Ferrer||January 28, 1998||2||0||Metropolitan FA||v. Grenada; March 24, 2019PRE|
|FW||Kevin Hernández||July 17, 2000 (aged 18)||2||0||Assumption College||v. Belize; November 16, 2018|
|FW||Marco Arocha||January 13, 1998||0||0||Universidad Interamericana||v. Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018PRE|
INJ = Injury
Results and fixturesEdit
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||0–1||Martinique||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|15:00||Report||Parsemain 47'||Stadium: Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel|
Referee: Héctor Rodríguez (Honduras)
|November 16 Nations League Q||Belize||1–0||Puerto Rico||Belmopan, Belize|
||Report||Stadium: FFB Stadium|
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval (Nicaragua)
|March 24 Nations League Q||Puerto Rico||0–2||Grenada||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Report||Stadium: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium|
Referee: Trevester Richards (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
|August 17 Friendly||Hartford Athletic||5-1||Puerto Rico||Hartford, United States|
|Stadium: Dillon Stadium|
|September 5 Friendly||Honduras||v||Puerto Rico||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
|Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino|
|September 10 Nations League C||Puerto Rico||v||Guatemala||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Stadium: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium|
|October 15 Nations League C||Anguilla||v||Puerto Rico||The Valley, Anguilla|
|Stadium: Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre|
Most capped playersEdit
- As of June 13, 2017
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
- As of June 13, 2017
Historical list of coachesEdit
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