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.[3] 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.

Puerto Rico
Nickname(s)El Huracán Azul
(The Blue Hurricane)
AssociationFederación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (FPF)
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachElgy Morales
CaptainEmmanuel D'Andrea
Most capsAndrés Cabrero
Héctor Ramos (35)
Top scorerHéctor Ramos (18)
Home stadiumEstadio Juan Ramón Loubriel
FIFA codePUR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 178 Steady (16 July 2020)[1]
Highest97 (March 1994)
Lowest202 (November 2004)
First international
 Cuba 1–1 Puerto Rico 
(Havana, Cuba; 12 November 1940)
Biggest win
 Puerto Rico 9–0 Saint Martin 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 9 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands Antilles 15–0 Puerto Rico 
(Caracas, Venezuela; 15 January 1959)

HistoryEdit

1940–1990Edit

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.[4]

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.[4] 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,[5] for whom he has since been capped over 50 times.[citation needed]

1995–2007Edit

Puerto Rico did not record a win, and had only four draws. During this time, the team dropped down in the FIFA Rankings to 202nd.[4]

2008–2015Edit

 
Puerto Rico (in blue) playing Spain in 2012.

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.[6]

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.[7]

Puerto Rico faced World and European champion Spain in a friendly on 15 August 2012, losing 2–1 in the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

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.

2016–2017Edit

Jack Stefanowski eraEdit

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.[8] 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.[citation needed]

Carlos García Cantarero eraEdit

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.[9]

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.[10] The friendly marked Orlando City’s last game of 2017, as well team captain, Kaká with the lions.[11] Puerto Rico lost the exhibition match 6-1.[12]

2018Edit

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.[13]

Team imageEdit

Kit suppliersEdit

Provider Period
  Joma 2018–

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 12
  1978 Did not enter Did not enter
  1982
  1986 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 8
  1990 2 0 0 2 1 3
  1994 4 1 1 2 4 5
  1998 2 0 0 2 1 9
    2002 2 0 1 1 4 8
  2006 Did not enter Did not enter
  2010 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 3 6
  2014 6 2 3 1 8 4
  2018 2 1 0 1 1 2
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 25 5 6 14 22 57

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Did not enter
  1965
  1967
  1969
  1971
  1973
  1977
  1981
1985
1989
  1991 Did not qualify
    1993
  1996
  1998
  2000
  2002
    2003
  2005
  2007
  2009
  2011
  2013
    2015
  2017
      2019
Total 0/25

Caribbean CupEdit

Caribbean Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1989 Did not enter
  1990
  1991 Did not qualify
  1992 Did not enter
  1993 Group stage 6th 6 3 1 2 14 14
  1994 Did not qualify
    1995
  1996 Did not enter
    1997 Withdrew
    1998 Did not qualify
  1999
  2001
  2005
  2007 Did not enter
  2008
  2010 Did not qualify
  2012
  2014
  2017
Total Group stage 1/19 6 3 1 2 14 14

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Did not enter
  1955
  1959
  1963
  1967
  1971
  1975 Did not qualify
  1979 Round 2 5th 4 1 0 3 2 12
  1983 Did not qualify
  1987
  1991
  1995
  1999
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019
Total Round 2 1/18 4 1 0 3 2 12

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

2019Edit

17 August FriendlyHartford Athletic5–1  Puerto RicoHartford, United States
Wojcik   25'
Davey   54'
Angulo   58'
Jørgensen   68'
Dalgaard   72'
Bedoya   86'
Díaz   27'
Cardona   57'
Stadium: Dillon Stadium
Attendance: 4,685
5 September FriendlyHonduras  4–0  Puerto RicoTegucigalpa, Honduras
20:00 Izaguirre   5'
Benguche   40'62'
Toro   59'
Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
10 September Nations League CPuerto Rico  0–5  GuatemalaMayagüez, Puerto Rico
21:00 Report Ceballos   30' (pen.)
Guerra   54' (pen.)
Galindo   61' (pen.)
Robles   66'
De León   89'
Stadium: Mayagüez Athletics Stadium
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)
15 October Nations League CAnguilla  2–3  Puerto RicoThe Valley, Anguilla
20:00
Report
Stadium: Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre
Referee: Ricangel de Leça (Aruba)
16 November Nations League CGuatemala  5–0  Puerto RicoGuatemala City, Guatemala
20:00
Report Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores
Referee: Nelson Salgado (Honduras)
19 November Nations League CPuerto Rico  3–0  AnguillaBayamón, Puerto Rico
17:00
Report Stadium: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Referee: Ariel Sánchez (Panama)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the CONCACAF Nations League match against Grenada on 24 March 2018.

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2018 after the match against Belize.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Cody Laurendi (1988-08-15) 15 August 1988 (age 31) 4 0   Oklahoma City Energy
1GK Leftie Millán (1993-08-23) 23 August 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Bayamón FC
1GK Ángel Molinari 0 0   Mirabelli SA
1GK Jose Calderon (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 20) 0 0   El Tanque Sisley

2DF Rodolfo Sulia (2002-08-08) 8 August 2002 (age 17) 3 0   Gimnasia y Esgrima
2DF Luis Cosme (2000-12-21) 21 December 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Bayamón FC
2DF Emmanuel D'Andrea (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 25) 16 1   Bayamón FC
2DF José Ferrer 0 0   Metropolitan FA
2DF Daniel Rosario 0 0   Orlando City B
2DF Joshua Calderón (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 23) 4 0   North Shore United
2DF Carlos Clark (1996-11-07) 7 November 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Jersey Express

3MF Devin Vega (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 21) 2 1   Real Monarchs
3MF Gerald Díaz (1999-03-29) 29 March 1999 (age 21) 3 0   Bayamon FC
3MF Andrés Cabrero (1989-01-04) 4 January 1989 (age 31) 33 5   Bayamon FC
3MF Jorge Rosa (1997-09-03) 3 September 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Bayamon FC
3MF Joseph Villafañe (1999-11-30) 30 November 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Bayamón FC
3MF Ryan López 0 0   Bayamon FC
3MF Jaden Servania 0 0   Birmingham Legion FC
3MF Deniz Bozkurt (1993-07-23) 23 July 1993 (age 27) 3 1   Boca Raton FC
3MF Darren Ríos (1995-10-14) 14 October 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Miami City
3MF Alex Oikkonen (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 25) 8 2   North Shore United

4FW Alec Díaz (2001-12-07) 7 December 2001 (age 18) 1 0   Tacoma Defiance
4FW Ricardo Rivera (1997-04-17) 17 April 1997 (age 23) 4 0   Vilamarxant CF
4FW Sidney Rivera (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 26) 6 2   Police FC
4FW Lucas Borrilez 0 0   Minneapolis City SC
4FW Wilfredo Rivera 0 0   Orlando City B

Coaching staffEdit

Role Name Start date
Head coach   Elgy Morales 25 May 2019
Technical director
Assistant coach   Pablo Almagro 25 May 2019
Trainer
Goalkeeping coach

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 13 June 2017
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Héctor Ramos 2010– 33 18
Andrés Cabrero 2008– 33 4
2 Alexis Rivera 2004–2016 31 0
3 Joseph Marrero 2011– 28 6
4 Noah Delgado 2008–2012 23 3
5 Cristian Arrieta 2010–2015 22 5
6 Chris Megaloudis 2008–2012 20 6
7 Andrés Pérez 2011–2015 19 0
8 Richard Martinez 2008–2012 17 0
Tyler Wilson 2010–2012 17 0
9 John Krause 2010–2012 16 1

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 13 June 2017
# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Héctor Ramos 2010– 18 33
2 Joseph Marrero 2011– 6 28
Chris Megaloudis 2008–2012 6 20
3 Cristian Arrieta 2010–2015 5 22
4 Andrés Cabrero 2008– 4 33
5 Josh Hansen 2010–2012 3 9
Noah Delgado 2008–2012 3 22
Petter Villegas 2008–2011 3 14
Raphael Ortiz 2000–2010 3 11
6 Juan Coca 2012– 2 16
Alex Oikkonen 2011– 2 8
Olvin Ortiz 2016– 2 7
Isaac Nieves 2004–2010 2 9

Historical list of coachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ Torres, Publicado por Javier. "Reñido empate ante Indonesia". Retrieved 17 April 2020.
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