Puerto Rico

Prior to the start of the preliminary phase for Brazil 2014, Puerto Rico had won just two of their 17 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying encounters – with both of those victories coming against immediate neighbours Dominican Republic. They improved greatly ahead of qualifying for the showpiece in Brazil, coming up just short of reaching the third round. They amassed nine points from their six games in the first group stage of qualifying, finishing in second place and just five points off pace setters Canada. The Caribbean side are clearly making strides.

Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former star: Peter Villegas