MIAMI.- Even though Puerto Rico finished 33rd out of 34 teams in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, and were the only team in the entire region that failed to score in their four games, a trio of 1-0 defeats to St. Kitts, Martinique, and Belize and a single 2-0 loss to Grenada show that the islanders are not that far from substantially better results.
All four of those opponents qualified for League B, and Puerto Rico kept it close every time. A new opportunity awaits in League C, with Puerto Rico keen to bolster its scoring and become one of the league’s top teams.
Traditionally, the goals have come recently from FW Hector Ramos, who is El Huracán Azul’s all-time leader in goals with 18, but he hasn’t netted one for the national team since 2016. Yet if he returns to his form of a few years ago, Puerto Rico would be looking much better off that alone.
The defense is sound, so the need to find some consistent scoring will help Puerto Rico’s chances of finishing first in the group.
Having to deal with Guatemala in their group will not make anything easier for the Puerto Ricans, but the back line is up to the challenge. The FA wisely scheduled a friendly against Honduras on September 5 prior to their opening match on the 10th.
A trip to Central America will prove invaluable as Puerto Rico may very well need a result in Guatemala to progress when November rolls around.