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Puerto Rico
Nickname(s)El Huracán Azul
(The Blue Hurricane)
Association Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol (FPF)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Amado Guevara
Captain Héctor Ramos
Most caps Andrés Cabrero, Héctor Ramos (35)
Top scorer Héctor Ramos (18)
Home stadium Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel
FIFA codePUR
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current175 Steady (25 October 2018) [1]
Highest97 (March 1994)
Lowest202 (November 2004)
Elo ranking
Current189 Decrease 2 (18 November 2018) [2]
Highest171 (May 21–25, 1993)
Lowest201 (February 3, 2001; July 21, 2002)
First international
  Cuba 1–1 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
( Havana, Cuba; November 12, 1940)
Biggest win
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 9–0 Saint Martin 
( Port-au-Prince, Haiti; September 9, 2012)
Biggest defeat
  Netherlands Antilles 15–0 Puerto Rico 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.

History

1940–1990

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. [3]

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. [3] 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, [4] for whom he has since been capped over fifty times.

1995–2007

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. [3]

2008–2015

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. [5]

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. [6]

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 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.

2016–2017

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. [7] 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.

Carlos García Cantarero era

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. [8]

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

2018

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. [12]

Team image

Colors

Kit suppliers

Provider Period
Spain Joma 2018–

Tournament results

Caribbean Cup

Gold Cup

  • 1991 to 2019 – Did not enter or Did not qualify

Pan American Games

  • 1979 – Round 2 (5th Place)

World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 12
Argentina 1978 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 8
Italy 1990 2 0 0 2 1 3
United States 1994 4 1 1 2 4 5
France 1998 2 0 0 2 1 9
South Korea Japan 2002 2 0 1 1 4 8
Germany 2006 Did not enter Did not enter
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 3 6
Brazil 2014 6 2 3 1 8 4
Russia 2018 2 1 0 1 1 2
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 25 5 6 14 22 57

Coaching staff

Role Name Start date
Head coach Honduras Amado Guevara July 27, 2018
Assistant coach Puerto Rico Marco Vélez July 27, 2018
Trainer Argentina Juan Bertani July 27, 2018
Goalkeeping coach Mexico Joel Carvajal July 27, 2018

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the CONCACAF Nations League match against Belize on November 16, 2018.

Caps and goals updated as of October 13, 2018 after the match against Martinique.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1 GK Cody Laurendi (1988-08-15) August 15, 1988 (age 30) 4 0 United States Oklahoma City Energy
1 1 GK Leftie Millán (1993-08-23) August 23, 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
18 1 GK Bryant Velázquez (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Puerto Rico Mirabelli SA

8 2 DF Emmanuel D'Andrea (1995-01-20) January 20, 1995 (age 23) 18 1 Unattached
4 2 DF Marcos Martínez (1992-03-27) March 27, 1992 (age 26) 15 0 Puerto Rico Guayama FC
14 2 DF Juan Vélez (1989-12-05) December 5, 1989 (age 28) 13 0 Puerto Rico Guayama FC
3 2 DF Shawn Barry (1990-04-23) April 23, 1990 (age 28) 3 0 United States Real Salt Lake
5 2 DF Joshua Calderón (1996-09-11) September 11, 1996 (age 22) 3 0 United States Elm City Express
6 2 DF Luis Cosme (2000-12-21) December 21, 2000 (age 17) 2 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
13 2 DF Nicolás Cardona (1999-02-11) February 11, 1999 (age 19) 0 0 United States Assumption College
22 2 DF Edric Toro (2000-07-14)July 14, 2000 (aged 18) 0 0 United States Wake Forest University

7 3 MF Andrés Cabrero (1989-01-04) January 4, 1989 (age 29) 35 4 Puerto Rico Bayamon FC
10 3 MF Joseph Marrero (1993-04-09) April 9, 1993 (age 25) 31 6 Puerto Rico Academia Quintana
11 3 MF Jorge Rivera (1996-03-24) March 24, 1996 (age 22) 11 1 United States Penn FC
17 3 MF Alex Oikkonen (1994-10-15) October 15, 1994 (age 24) 10 2 Finland PEPO Lappeenranta
19 3 MF Juan O'Neill (1998-07-12) July 12, 1998 (age 20) 3 0 United States Assumption College
21 3 MF Gerald Díaz (1999-03-29)March 29, 1999 (aged 19) 2 0 Unattached
23 3 MF Alejandro Rabell (2001-11-12) November 12, 2001 (age 17) 1 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC

15 4 FW Mike Ramos (1991-01-29) January 29, 1991 (age 27) 8 1 United States Tacoma Stars
20 4 FW Ricardo Rivera (1997-04-17) April 17, 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Spain Vilamarxant CF
16 4 FW Karlos Ferrer (1998-01-28) January 28, 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Puerto Rico Metropolitan FA
9 4 FW Kevin Hernández (2000-07-17)July 17, 2000 (aged 18) 2 0 United States Assumption College

Recent call-ups

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 Joel Serrano (1999-05-17) May 17, 1999 (age 19) 0 0 United States Marshalltown CC v.   Martinique; October 13, 2018
GK Matthew Sanchez (1994-08-04) August 4, 1994 (age 24) 12 0 United States Rio Grande Valley FC v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018INJ

DF Daniel Arce (2000-08-31) August 31, 2000 (age 18) 0 0 United States St. Francis College v.   Martinique; October 13, 2018
DF Carlos Rosario (1994-01-30) January 30, 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018

MF Jeremy Hall (1988-09-11) September 11, 1988 (age 30) 7 0 United States Sacramento Republic v.   Belize; November 16, 2018WD
MF Samuel Soto (1992-08-11) August 11, 1992 (age 26) 16 0 Puerto Rico Guayama FC v.   Martinique; October 13, 2018
MF Deniz Bozkurt (1993-07-23) July 23, 1993 (age 25) 4 1 Puerto Rico Bayamon FC v.   Martinique; October 13, 2018
MF Joseph Villafañe (1999-11-30) November 30, 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC v.   Martinique; October 13, 2018

FW Héctor Ramos ( captain) (1990-05-04) May 4, 1990 (age 28) 35 18 Malaysia Sabah v.   Martinique; October 13, 2018INJ
FW Marco Arocha (1998-01-13) January 13, 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Puerto Rico Universidad Interamericana v.   Saint Kitts and Nevis; September 9, 2018PRE

INJ = Injury
RET = Retired
WD = Withdrew
PRE = Preliminary

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss   Upcoming fixture

2018

2019

Records

Most capped players

As of June 13, 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 goalscorers

As of June 13, 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

Head coaches

See also

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Puerto Rico – List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Rec Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  4. ^ Lewis, Michael (February 2001). "Now You See Him". Soccer Digest. Archived from the original on 21 December 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Primerahora.com". primerahora.com. GFR Media LLC. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  7. ^ http://noticias.elhuracanazulpr.com/2016/05/puerto-rico-cae-en-renido-amistoso-ante.html
  8. ^ http://noticias.elhuracanazulpr.com/2017/06/renido-empate-ante-indonesia.html
  9. ^ http://futbolboricua.co/la-seleccion-se-activa-en-beneficio-de-reconstruccion-de-puerto-rico/
  10. ^ http://futbolboricua.co/kaka-jugara-su-ultimo-partido-contra-puerto-rico/
  11. ^ http://noticias.elhuracanazulpr.com/2017/11/cae-puerto-rico-6-1-ante-orlando-city-sc.html
  12. ^ http://noticias.elhuracanazulpr.com/2018/05/fpf-anuncia-salida-de-los-tecnicos.html

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