Puerto Rico national football team

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 colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 178 Increase 3 (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest97 (March 1994)
Lowest202 (November 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 191 Decrease 2 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest171 (May 21–25, 1993)
Lowest201 (February 3, 2001; July 21, 2002)
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)

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[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 1980s and 1990s were mainly against the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Martinique.[3]

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.[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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Jack Stefanowski era[edit]

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 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.

Carlos García Cantarero era[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Colors[edit]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Provider Period
Spain Joma 2018–

Tournament results[edit]

Caribbean Cup[edit]

Gold Cup[edit]

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

Pan American Games[edit]

  • 1979 – Round 2 (5th Place)

World Cup[edit]

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[edit]

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

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

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

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Leftie Millán (1993-08-23) August 23, 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
18 1GK Ángel Molinari 0 0 Puerto Rico Mirabelli SA
1GK Jose Calderon (2000-02-01) February 1, 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Uruguay El Tanque Sisley

2DF Rodolfo Sulia (2002-08-08) August 8, 2002 (age 17) 3 0 Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima de Mendoza
6 2DF Luis Cosme (2000-12-21) December 21, 2000 (age 18) 2 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
2DF José Ferrer 0 0 Puerto Rico Metropolitan FA
2DF Joshua Calderón (1996-09-11) September 11, 1996 (age 23) 4 0 Unattached

15 3MF Gerald Díaz (1999-03-29)March 29, 1999 (aged 19) 3 0 Unattached
11 3MF Joseph Villafañe (1999-11-30) November 30, 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
24 3MF Ryan López 0 0 Puerto Rico Guaynabo Gol SC

4FW Darren Ríos (1995-10-14) October 14, 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Spain Atlético Saguntino
4FW Ricardo Rivera (1997-04-17) April 17, 1997 (age 22) 4 0 Spain Vilamarxant CF
17 4FW Sidney Rivera (1993-11-15) November 15, 1993 (age 25) 1 0 United States Philadelphia Fury

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 Cody Laurendi (1988-08-15) August 15, 1988 (age 31) 5 0 United States Oklahoma City Energy v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
GK Bryant Velázquez (1997-01-17) January 17, 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Retired v.  Belize; November 16, 2018
GK Joel Serrano (1999-05-17) May 17, 1999 (age 20) 0 0 United States Marshalltown CC v.  Martinique; October 13, 2018

DF Emmanuel D'Andrea (captain) (1995-01-20) January 20, 1995 (age 24) 19 1 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
DF Marcos Martínez (1992-03-27) March 27, 1992 (age 27) 16 0 Puerto Rico Guayama FC v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
DF Juan Vélez (1989-12-05) December 5, 1989 (age 29) 13 0 Puerto Rico Guayama FC v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
DF Shawn Barry (1990-04-23) April 23, 1990 (age 29) 4 0 United States Tampa Bay Rowdies v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
DF Nicolás Cardona (1999-02-11) February 11, 1999 (age 20) 0 0 United States Assumption College v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
DF Edric Toro (2000-07-14)July 14, 2000 (aged 18) 0 0 United States Wake Forest University v.  Belize; November 16, 2018
DF Daniel Arce (2000-08-31) August 31, 2000 (age 19) 0 0 United States St. Francis College v.  Martinique; October 13, 2018
DF Reid Strain (1994-01-04) January 4, 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Sweden Örebro Syrianska IF v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019PRE

MF Alex Oikkonen (1994-10-15) October 15, 1994 (age 25) 11 2 Finland AC Kajaani v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
MF Andrés Cabrero (1989-01-04) January 4, 1989 (age 30) 35 4 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
MF Joseph Marrero (1993-04-09) April 9, 1993 (age 26) 32 6 Puerto Rico Academia Quintana v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
MF Juan O'Neill (1998-07-12) July 12, 1998 (age 21) 4 0 United States Assumption College v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
MF Alejandro Rabell (2001-11-12) November 12, 2001 (age 17) 2 0 United States NJIT_Highlanders v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
MF Jorge Rivera (1996-03-24) March 24, 1996 (age 23) 11 1 Puerto Rico Don Bosco v.  Belize; November 16, 2018
MF Jeremy Hall (1988-09-11) September 11, 1988 (age 31) 7 0 Retired v.  Belize; November 16, 2018WD
MF Samuel Soto (1992-08-11) August 11, 1992 (age 27) 16 0 Puerto Rico Guayama FC v.  Martinique; October 13, 2018
MF Deniz Bozkurt (1993-07-23) July 23, 1993 (age 26) 4 1 Retired v.  Martinique; October 13, 2018

FW Héctor Ramos (1990-05-04) May 4, 1990 (age 29) 36 18 El Salvador Alianza F.C. v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
FW Mike Ramos (1991-01-29) January 29, 1991 (age 28) 9 1 United States Tacoma Stars v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
FW Alec Diaz (2001-12-07) December 7, 2001 (age 17) 1 0 United States Tacoma Defiance v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019
FW Karlos Ferrer (1998-01-28) January 28, 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Puerto Rico Metropolitan FA v.  Grenada; March 24, 2019PRE
FW Kevin Hernández (2000-07-17)July 17, 2000 (aged 18) 2 0 United States Assumption College v.  Belize; November 16, 2018

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

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Upcoming fixture

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

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[edit]

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

Historical list of coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  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.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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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