Forward will feature in two matches during the Concacaf Nations League
PAPILLION, Neb. (May 20, 2022) – Union Omaha forward Ricardo (Ricky) Rivera has been announced to the Puerto Rican National Team roster for a pair of upcoming Concacaf Nations League matches. The squad will play in League C against British Virgin Islands on June 9 and Cayman Islands on June 12. This is Rivera’s 13th cap for el Huracán Azul.
The San Juan native joined Union Omaha in August 2021 and made a quick impact for the club, scoring in his fourth-ever match against North Carolina FC on Sept. 4. He received his first international call-up in 2012, playing for the U-17 World Cup Qualifier at the age of 15. Since joining the senior team in 2016, he’s scored four goals in Olympic and World Cup qualifying matches.
“Ricky has worked really hard this season, and I am glad he is able to showcase his quality for his country!” Union Omaha head coach Jay Mims said.
“It’s always an honor to be called up to the national team,” Rivera said. “This opportunity is one that every athlete wants to have and I’m very happy. I will continue to give my all in Omaha and with Puerto Rico to try and help my teams reach the highest levels!”
The 2022 League One Championship defending campaign will continue at Werner Park on May 28 vs. Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC for Educational Outreach Night. Season tickets and undated voucher packs for the 2022 season are currently available via UnionOmaha.com or the Werner Park Ticket Office by calling 402-738-5100.
ABOUT UNION OMAHA
Union Omaha, the 2021 USL League One Champion, is the only professional soccer team in the state of Nebraska. USL League One is a United States Soccer Federation-sanctioned professional men’s soccer league that occupies the third tier of the American soccer landscape, below USL Championship (tier two) and Major League Soccer (tier one). Union Omaha plays its home matches at Werner Park in Sarpy County, also home to the Omaha Storm Chasers of Minor League Baseball. The team is led by General Manager Peter Marlette in the front office and by Head Coach Jay Mims on the field.