Selection of Honduras has one of the most outstanding names in its history in the 2021 Gold Cup. It is Maynor figueroa, who will be the pillar of defense in this adventure, where they will seek to lift their first scepter of the regional championship.
Captain catracho began his career more than 20 years ago, when he debuted with the Victory of his country, playing two seasons until he joined the ranks of the Olympia, with which he won the National League by two years.
His 1.81 meters tall and corpulent did not go unnoticed in the world of football, so his opportunity came to cross the Atlantic Ocean to don the shirt of the Wigan Athletic England for seven seasons, earning a FA Cup in 2012-2013, losing its place in the Premier League during the last campaign after descending.
The one born in Jutiapa received another opportunity to return to the First Division of English football with the Hull City, but in 2015, when not reaching any agreement with the British teams, he made the decision to return to the American continent to develop in the Major League Soccer with Colorado Rapids.
A season lasted his stay with Denver to change colors, defending the FC Dallas for three seasons, raising one US Open Cup Y MLS Supporter’s Shield, until he landed in his current club, Houston Dynamo.
Already with The H has attended two World Cups and participated in five editions of the gold Cup, reaching a third place in 2005, just where he scored his first goal with the national jersey against Trinidad and Tobago.
In the current campaign of the MLS, the defender has seen action in seven games, adding an assist in 412 minutes, as he missed the first three commitments due to being in quarantine at the start of the tournament and staying on the substitutes bench for the next two, playing every minute in just four of them.
A very different situation for the 2020 season, because with the Orange It was one of the most constant, adding 17 matches with two goals, also in the tournament MLS is Back He also scored three crashes.
Already with his national team, he was taken into account for two friendlies this year, against Belarus Y Greece, He was also called for the CONCACAF Nations League Final Four, captaining in the semifinals against USA and the duel for third place before Costa Rica, prevailing from the eleven steps by 5-4. Similarly, he appeared in the friendly on June 13 against Mexico getting the tie at zero.
Maynor He works as a central defender, a position in which he has established himself in recent years due to his age, but for a long time he played several times as a winger or lower left. Because of this, his thing is to give security to his goalkeeper against the attacks of the attackers and thanks to his strong physical presence, some of his tackles may seem quite abrupt, but it is the way to make himself felt.
To this is added that he is a fast and talented player, qualities he obtained after having played in the Premier League that at that moment had several of the most versatile players in the world such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Ashley young, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez Y Nani, apart became a historical of the Wigan by playing more than 200 matches.
The 38-year-old veteran must be added that he is the player with the most appearances in The Bicolor, thus demonstrating his worth as a leader and defender, after 167 matches, beginning his relationship with the national team in 2003, a mark that will be difficult to overcome, since his closest pursuers are Boniek Garcia Y Emilio Izaguirre, with 125 and 109, respectively.
The scotch Andrew Robertson, Maynor’s former partner in Hull City and current captain of Liverpool: “I played with Figueroa at the Hull, he is one of the strongest men I have ever met, he could do a plank for ten minutes, without shaking, he did it right after training. When you go back and watch Figueroa’s videos, you will be surprised for how good it was “.
The Spanish Roberto Martinez, current technician of Belgium and former strategist of Maynor in the Wigan, after a great goal from the player and other goals: “I know Maynor’s ability to take free kicks. What did amaze me was his arrogance to shoot at goal from so far away. When it happens with the ball in motion it is one thing, but to do it from a free kick you need to be arrogant, because if you fail you will look ridiculous. We are proud of Maynor “and” It’s a great story, after 110 games he is the perfect hat-trick. He scored a wonderful left-handed goal against Stoke, one with his head against Tottehnam and now ( against Birmingham) with the right hand. Maynor is the kindest and most professional player you can come across. “.
Erick black, manager of the Wigan when the defender was at the club: “It is fantastic what he has achieved. The interest in Maynor from other clubs is increasing, it is fantastic what he has achieved here. He came here to play for five or six months without receiving the opportunity to play for the team and it is not easy. what he has accomplished, more so for a player who comes from many thousands of miles away from home. I imagine Maynor’s value has risen a bit from what we believed in him. I have heard, from people outside and around how good they are talking about him already. Maynor is a great example for players of the same position who believe they have the opportunity to come here. Players like him are increasingly difficult to find. He trains every day and exceptionally He has adapted to the culture and is doing very well with learning the language. We are really satisfied “.
Alberth elis, his compatriot in selection, through social networks: “Asking him how he makes a 36-year-old look 24 and be able to play every game without any problem. Maynor Figueroa, the legend”.
Being a veteran, the defender’s rating is 69, without being able to ascend or descend, something not so bad despite his 38 years.
The best quality of the former Olympia is his shooting force (81), strength (74) and a clean tackle (73).
Unlike FIFA 21, in the FM the left-back is also well considered, since 56 can go up to 69, because he is still confident of being able to increase his level, since age is only a number.
Similarly, the element of Houston Dynamo his best point is the long shot, as well as the boarding, both with 15.
As it is his sixth gold Cup, the captain of the catrachos has on his back the burden of guiding and leading the rest of his teammates, but not only that, but also of being the defensive pillar that avoids any type of win, using all his veteran in favor to dry the most voracious offensive of the contest.
Likewise, he must respond to the confidence that the Uruguayan technician gave him Fabio Coito for having integrated him into the final list, sharing his mental strength to remind the rest of his colleagues that there are no impossible, since recently in the CONCACAF Nations League beat the Ticos in the duel for third place and came close to beating the USES.
Finally, it will surely be his last participation in the regional championship, so he will have to leave his soul on the field of play, although in the end it is already a history of The H, so none of the fans have anything to reproach him after so many years of delivery.
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