Puerto Rico national football team facts for kids
|Nickname(s)||El Huracán Azul
(The Blue Hurricane)
|Association||Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Dave Sarachan|
|Most caps||Héctor Ramos (36)|
|Top scorer||Héctor Ramos (18)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Centroamericano|
|Current||179 (7 February 2019)|
|Highest||97 (March 1994)|
|Lowest||202 (November 2004)|
|Current||189 2 (3 March 2019)|
|Highest||171 (21–25 May 1993)|
|Lowest||201 (3 February 2001; 21 July 2002)|
| Cuba 1–1 Puerto Rico
(Havana, Cuba; 12 November 1940)
| Puerto Rico 9–0 Saint-Martin
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 9 September 2012)
| 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. 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.
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- Schedule and results
- Coaching staff
- Competitive record
- See also
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)
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, for whom he has since been capped over 50 times.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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 would no longer continue as head coach of the national team, with former Honduran player Amado Guevara taking over as head coach.
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
|Nations League June 9||Cayman Islands||0–3||Puerto Rico||George Town, Cayman Islands|
||Stadium: Truman Bodden Sports Complex
Referee: Sergio Reyna (Guatemala)
|Nations League June 12||Puerto Rico||6–0||British Virgin Islands||Mayagüez, Puerto Rico|
|18:00 UTC−4||https://www.concacaf.com/en/nations-league/game-details?matchid=626339||Stadium: Estadio Centroamericano
Referee: Germán Martínez (El Salvador)
|Friendly September 22||Puerto Rico||Cancelled||Dominican Republic||Westchester, United States|
|UTC−4||Stadium: Riccardo Silva Stadium
|Nations League March 23||British Virgin Islands||v||Puerto Rico||British Virgin Islands|
|Nations League March 26||Puerto Rico||v||Cayman Islands||Puerto Rico|
|Sporting director||Andrew Mojica|
|Head coach||Dave Sarachan||24 February 2021|
|Assistant coach||Daryl Shore|
|Goalkeeping coach||Bradley Ospina|
- Caretaker managers are listed in italics.
- Eduardo Ordóñez Munguira (1959)
- Raúl Marchant González (1966)
- Egberto Morales Carrasco (1972)
- / Luis Villarejo (1974–1975)
- Carlos Martinolli (1978–1979)
- Joe Serralta (1979–1982)
- Juan "Saso" Tullier (1982–1984)
- Ricardo "Richie" Romano (1985–1990)
- Víctor Hugo Barros (1990–1991)
- Arnie Ramirez (1992)
- Oscar Rosa (1992)
- Cristóbal Vaccaro (1996)
- José Luis "Majo" Rodríguez (1999)
- Raimundo Gatinho (2000)
- Toribio Rojas (2002–2003)
- Víctor Hugo Barros (2004)
- Colin Clarke (2007–2011)
- Jack Stefanowski (2011)
- Adrian Whitbread (2011)
- Jeaustin Campos (2011–2013)
- Víctor Hugo Barros (2013–2014)
- Jose Martinez (2015)
- Carlos Avedissian (2015–2016)
- Jack Stefanowski (2016)
- Carlos García Cantarero (2016–2018)
- Amado Guevara (2018–2019)
- Elgy Morales (2019–2021)
- Dave Sarachan (2021–present)
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.
Caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2022, after the match against Cayman Islands.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Joel Serrano||17 May 1999||4||0||Bayamón FC|
|GK||Sebastián Uranga||16 September 1990||0||0||Metropolitan|
|GK||Aurie Echevarría||0||0||Memphis 901 FC|
|DF||Darren Ríos||14 October 1995||13||1||Michigan Stars FC|
|DF||Rodolfo Sulia||8 August 2002||9||0||Puerto Rico Sol|
|DF||Nicolás Cardona||11 February 1999||8||1||Chattanooga Red Wolves SC|
|DF||Zarek Valentin (captain)||6 August 1991||4||1||Houston Dynamo|
|DF||Colby Quiñones||14 April 2003||2||0||New England Revolution II|
|DF||Parker O'Ferral||December 18, 2003||0||0||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|MF||Gerald Díaz||23 March 1999||14||3||CD Buñol|
|MF||Juan O'Neill||12 July 1998||11||0||Project 510|
|MF||Isaac Angking||24 January 2000||7||4||Columbus Crew 2|
|MF||Roberto Ydrach||May 26, 2001||2||0||UCF Knights|
|MF||Brian Flores||25 August 2003||1||0||New York City FC II|
|MF||Ian Silva||November 6, 2004||1||0||Orlando City B|
|FW||Ricardo Rivera||17 April 1997||15||8||Union Omaha|
|FW||Wilfredo Rivera||14 October 2003||8||0||Indy Eleven|
|FW||Jaden Servania||16 July 2001||8||1||North Carolina FC|
|FW||Alec Díaz||7 December 2001||7||0||Toronto FC II|
|FW||Kevin Hernandez||17 July 1999||7||0||Vinaròs CF|
|FW||Lester Hayes III||19 September 1993||3||1||Middelfart Boldklub|
|FW||Leandro Antonetti||January 1, 2003||2||0||Lugo|
|FW||Christopher Dilam||19 February 1999||1||0||The Villages SC|
The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Diego Rossi||19 May 2005||0||0||Parma||v. Cayman Islands, 9 June 2022 WD|
|MF||Alejandro Silvestrini||26 June 2005||0||0||Argentinos Juniors||v. Cayman Islands, 9 June 2022 PRE|
|MF||Jordan Saling||15 March 1996||2||0||Flower City Union||v. Cayman Islands, 9 June 2022 PRE|
|MF||Devin Vega||28 December 1998||8||1||Des Moines Menace||v. Cayman Islands, 9 June 2022 WD|
|FW||Jeremy de León||18 March 2004||0||0||CD Castellón||v. Cayman Islands, 9 June 2022 WD|
|FW||Jan Mateo||31 January 2003||4||0||Jarabacoa FC||v. Cayman Islands, 9 June 2022 PRE|
|FW||Joel Burgos||29 October 1999||0||0||Cañoneros||v. Cayman Islands, 9 June 2022 PRE|
- Players in bold are still active with Puerto Rico.
Most capped players
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1962||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|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
CONCACAF Gold Cup
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record|
|1963||Did not enter|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not enter|
|2011||Did not qualify|
CONCACAF Nations League
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First match|| Puerto Rico 0–5 Guatemala
(10 September 2019; Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
|Biggest win|| Puerto Rico 6–0 British Virgin Islands
(12 June 2022; Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
|Biggest defeat|| Puerto Rico 0–5 Guatemala
(10 September 2019; Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
Guatemala 5–0 Puerto Rico
(16 November 2019; Guatemala City, Guatemala)
CFU Caribbean Cup
Pan American Games
- Puerto Rico national under-20 football team
- Puerto Rico national under-17 football team
- Football in Puerto Rico
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