Puerto Rico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Huracán Azul
(The Blue Hurricane)
AssociationFederación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachDave Sarachan
CaptainNicolás Cardona
Most capsHéctor Ramos (36)
Top scorerHéctor Ramos (18)
Home stadiumEstadio Centroamericano
FIFA codePUR
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 172 Steady (31 March 2022)[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)

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.

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.[4]

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

1995–2007

Between 1995 and 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.[4]

2008–2015

Puerto Rico (in blue) playing Spain in 2012.
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 won two games as visitors against Bermuda (1–0 and 2–0), drew 2–2 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] Most capped player Andres Cabrero is the only active player as of 2021 who participated in said 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Puerto Rico was 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.

2016–2017

Carlos Avedissian / Jack Stefanowski era

Carlos Avedissian took charge of the team in 2015 forming a roster mainly of players from the Puerto Rico local leagues. 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] For discrepancies with the Federation, Avedissian was substituted by Jack Stefanowski for the second round on an interim basis. With this team mainly of local players, Puerto Rico 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 for Puerto Rico FC.[citation needed]

On 3 September 2016, Puerto Rico faced India for the first time in an international friendly match at the Mumbai Football Arena, but were defeated in the contest 1–4.[9]

Carlos García Cantarero era

After Stefanowski left the team to continue with Puerto Rico FC, Carlos Cantarero assumed as head coach of the national team with Jose Cukito Martinez (who had coached most of the local players in the Puerto Rico League) as assistant coach. 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. Coach Cantarero couldn't coach in the friendlies due to VISA problems. After the second friendly against the Dominican Republic Assistant Coach Martinez left the team prior to the trip to India and David Guillemat assumed the position. Regardless of the administrative debacle, and coaching changes, 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.[10]

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.[11] The friendly marked Orlando City’s last game of 2017, as well team captain, Kaká with the lions.[12] Puerto Rico lost the exhibition match 6–1.[13]

2018

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.[14]

Team image

Kit suppliers

Provider Period
Spain Joma 2018–

Schedule and results

Main article: Puerto Rico national football team schedule and results

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

2021

March 24 2022 FWCQ Saint Kitts and Nevis  1–0  Puerto Rico San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
16:00 UTC−4 Nelson 42' Report Stadium: Estadio Panamericano
Referee: Randy Encarnacion Solano (Dominican Republic)
March 28 2022 FWCQ Puerto Rico  1–1  Trinidad and Tobago Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
17:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Estadio Centroamericano de Mayagüez
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
June 2 2022 FWCQ Puerto Rico  7–0  Bahamas Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
19:30 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Centroamericano de Mayagüez
Referee: Tori Penso (United States)
June 8 2022 FWCQ Guyana  0–2  Puerto Rico Georgetown, Guyana
16:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: Georgetown Football Stadium
Referee: Ismael Cornejo Meléndez (El Salvador)

2022

June 9 Nations League Cayman Islands  v  Puerto Rico George Town, Cayman Islands
18:00 UTC−5 Stadium: Truman Bodden Sports Complex
June 12 Nations League Puerto Rico  v  British Virgin Islands Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
18:00 UTC−4 Stadium: Estadio Centroamericano de Mayagüez

2023

March 23 Nations League British Virgin Islands  v  Puerto Rico British Virgin Islands
Stadium: TBD
March 26 Nations League Puerto Rico  v  Cayman Islands Puerto Rico
Stadium: TBD

Coaching staff

As of 16 May 2022.[15]
Role Name Since
Sporting director
Head coach United States Dave Sarachan 24 February 2021[16]
Assistant coach United States Daryl Shore
Goalkeeping coach

Coaching history

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Players

Current squad

The following 24 players were called up to the squad for the 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League matches against British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands on 9 and 12 June 2022, respectively.[18]

Caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2021, after the match against Guyana.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Joel Serrano (1999-05-17) 17 May 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
1GK Sebastián Uranga 0 0 Puerto Rico Metropolitan FA
1GK Aurie Echevarría 0 0 United States Memphis 901 FC

2DF Darren Ríos (1995-10-14) 14 October 1995 (age 26) 11 0 United States Michigan Stars FC
2DF Rodolfo Sulia (2002-08-08) 8 August 2002 (age 19) 8 0 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Sol
2DF Nicolás Cardona (captain) (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 23) 6 0 United States Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
2DF Zarek Valentin (1991-08-06) 6 August 1991 (age 30) 2 0 United States Houston Dynamo
2DF Parker O'Ferral (2003-12-18) December 18, 2003 (age 18) 2 0 United States UNC-Chapel Hill
2DF Colby Quiñones (2003-04-14) 14 April 2003 (age 19) 0 0 United States New England Revolution II
2DF Diego Rossi (2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 18) 0 0 United States New York City FC

3MF Gerald Díaz (1999-03-23) 23 March 1999 (age 23) 12 2 Puerto Rico Bayamón FC
3MF Juan O'Neill (1998-07-12) 12 July 1998 (age 23) 10 0 United States Santa Clara Broncos
3MF Devin Vega (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 23) 8 2 Unattached
3MF Isaac Angking (2000-01-24) 24 January 2000 (age 22) 6 2 United States Columbus Crew 2
3MF Jeremy de León (2004-03-18) March 18, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Spain Castellón
3MF Brian Flores (2003-08-25) 25 August 2003 (age 18) 0 0 United States New York City FC II
3MF Ian Silva (2004-11-06) November 6, 2004 (age 17) 0 0 United States Orlando City B
3MF Roberto Ydrach (2001-05-26) May 26, 2001 (age 20) 0 0 United States UCF Knights

4FW Ricardo Rivera (1997-04-17) 17 April 1997 (age 25) 13 4 United States Union Omaha
4FW Alec Díaz (2001-12-07) 7 December 2001 (age 20) 5 0 Canada Toronto FC II
4FW Jaden Servania (2001-07-16) 16 July 2001 (age 20) 6 1 United States North Carolina FC
4FW Wilfredo Rivera (2003-10-14) 14 October 2003 (age 18) 6 0 United States Orlando City
4FW Leandro Antonetti (2003-01-01) January 1, 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Spain Lugo
4FW Christopher Dilam 0 0 United States The Villages SC

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 Ángel Molinari (2000-07-18) 18 July 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Sol v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
GK Johan Rodríguez (2002-02-03) 3 February 2002 (age 20) 0 0 United States FC Delco v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021

DF Raúl González (1994-09-23) 23 September 1994 (age 27) 6 0 United States Memphis 901 v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
DF Giovanni Padrón (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 24) 5 1 United States Nashville Knights FC v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
DF Daniel Rosario (2002-04-10) 10 April 2002 (age 20) 5 0 United States Boston University Terriers v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
DF Giovanni Calderón (2002-02-08) 8 February 2002 (age 20) 3 0 United States Fullerton Titans v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021

MF Jordan Saling (1996-03-15) 15 March 1996 (age 26) 1 0 United States Flower City Union v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
MF José Luis López (2002-03-25) 25 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0 v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
MF Alex Oikkonen (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 27) 11 2 Finland OTP v. Guyana,8 June 2021

FW Kevin Hernández (1999-07-08) 8 July 1999 (age 22) 5 0 United States Peoria City v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
FW Lester Hayes (1993-09-19) 19 September 1993 (age 28) 2 1 Denmark Middelfart Boldklub v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
FW Jan Mateo (2003-01-31) 31 January 2003 (age 19) 3 0 Dominican Republic San Cristóbal v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
FW Eli Carr (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 (age 21) 2 0 United States Longwood Lancers v.  Guyana, 8 June 2021
FW Sidney Rivera (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 28) 10 3 United States Doxa SC v.  Bahamas, 2 June 2021 WD

Notes
  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad / standby
  • RET = Retired from the national team
  • SUS = Serving suspension
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Records

As of 8 June 2021[19]
Players in bold are still active with Puerto Rico.

Competitive record

FIFA 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 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did not enter Did not enter
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 4 2 1 1 10 2
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 29 7 7 15 32 59

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Did not enter
Guatemala 1965
Honduras 1967
Costa Rica 1969
Trinidad and Tobago 1971
Haiti 1973
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981
1985
1989
United States 1991 Did not qualify
Mexico United States 1993
United States 1996
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002
Mexico United States 2003
United States 2005
United States 2007 Did not enter
United States 2009
United States 2011 Did not qualify
United States 2013
Canada United States 2015
United States 2017
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019
United States 2021
Total 0/26

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
United States 2019–20 C C 4 2 0 2 6 12 Same position 35th
2022–23 C D To be determined
Total 4 2 0 2 6 12 35th

CFU Caribbean Cup

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Trinidad and Tobago 1978 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
Suriname 1979 Did not enter Did not enter
Puerto Rico 1981 Fourth Place 4th 3 0 1 2 1 9 Qualified as host
French Guiana 1983 Did not enter Did not enter
Barbados 1985
Martinique 1988
Barbados 1989
Trinidad and Tobago 1990
Jamaica 1991 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 6
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Did not enter Did not enter
Jamaica 1993 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 7 14 3 3 0 0 7 0
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 3 0 1 2 3 14
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Did not enter Did not enter
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Withdrew Withdrew
Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 7
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 3 0 0 3 0 9
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 2 0 1 1 1 2
Barbados 2005 3 0 1 2 3 11
Trinidad and Tobago 2007 Did not enter Did not enter
Jamaica 2008
Martinique 2010 Did not qualify 6 3 0 3 10 8
Antigua and Barbuda 2012 6 2 0 4 15 12
Jamaica 2014 3 0 2 1 5 6
Martinique 2017 6 1 2 3 11 11
Total Fourth Place 2/25 6 0 2 4 8 23 43 10 8 25 61 80

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Did not enter
Mexico 1955
United States 1959
Brazil 1963
Canada 1967
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975
Puerto Rico 1979 Round 2 5th 4 1 0 3 2 12
Venezuela 1983 Did not enter
United States 1987
Cuba 1991
Argentina 1995
Canada 1999
Dominican Republic 2003 Did not qualify
Brazil 2007 Did not enter
Mexico 2011 Did not qualify
Canada 2015
Peru 2019
Total Round 2 1/18 4 1 0 3 2 12

See also

References

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