Local soccer

Six with local, regional ties called into Puerto Rico national team for June qualifiers

A number of players with connections to Massachusetts and the New England area have been called into the Puerto Rico national team for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers which will take place on Wednesday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 8.

Current Revolution II defender Colby Quiñones and current Hartford Athletic defender Nicolás Cardona, who toiled at Worcester’s Assumption College from 2018-19, are among Dave Sarachan’s choices for El Huracan Azul matches against the already-eliminated Bahamas in Mayagüez next Wednesday, and at third-place Guyana on June 8. Cardona’s Hartford teammate Giovanni Calderon is also in the side.

In addition, Providence City FC’s Juan O’Neill and Kevin Hernández take up residence in Sarachan’s midfield and strike corps, respectively. Like, Cardona, both played at Assumption.

Hernández is one of three strikers for El Mayor Masculna.

Former Revolution homegrown midfielder Isaac Angking, who has not found a new club since the Revs released him on Dec. 8, is also in Sarachan’s midfield.

Puerto Rico is currently fourth in CONCACAF’s Group F for qualifying, which is in its first round. Only the top team in each group advances to the second round of play the following week.

Guyana will play St. Kitts & Nevis, which currently tops the group, on June 4.