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Houston Dynamo sign defender Maynor Figueroa

The Houston Dynamo have signed Honduran defender Maynor Figueroa, the club announced today.

Figueroa played in 87 games across all competitions for FC Dallas from 2016-2018 and helped lead the team to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship and MLS Supporters Shield in his first season. The defender saw action in three playoff games for FC Dallas, including the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals. Figueroa also appeared in eight Concacaf Champions League matches for Dallas and scored the game-winning goal in his tournament debut, a 2-1 victory over Nicaraguan side Real Estelí FC in 2016.

“Maynor is a consummate professional who will bring invaluable experience, quality and leadership to our team both on the field and in our locker room,” said Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “We welcome him to the Houston Dynamo as we prepare for the 2019 season.”  

Internationally, the defender has represented Honduras at two FIFA World Cups, three Concacaf Gold Cup tournaments and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Figueroa has earned 148 caps with Honduras and captained the team at the 2015 and 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup.

“We are really excited about bringing Maynor to our club. He is an icon, a well-known leader with the Honduran National Team. He is the captain. Adding his experience, as a center back and a left back in this league, is invaluable” head coach Wilmer Cabrera said. “We believe he is going to bring good experience and give us depth and help solidify our backline. He was excited to be part of our project and having him in our team will be a big help to us.”

Figueroa spent eight seasons in the English Premier League before moving to Major League Soccer with the Colorado Rapids at the end of 2015. He played in 45 games for Hull City during a two-year stint from 2013-2015. The defender won the 2013 English FA Cup with Wigan Athletic and appeared in 200 games for the Latics over six seasons.

Figueroa joined Wigan after five seasons with CD Olimpia and one season with CD Victoria in his native Honduras. The defender scored six goals in 100 appearances for Olimpia and won four domestic league titles during his tenure with the team.  

With the addition of Figueroa, the Dynamo now have 26 players under contract for the 2019 season. Figueroa will occupy an international roster spot, giving the Dynamo seven internationals currently on the squad.

TRANSACTION: The Houston Dynamo sign defender Maynor Figueroa.

PLAYER PROFILE

FULL NAME: Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez
DATE OF BIRTH: May 2, 1983 (35 years old)
HEIGHT: 5’11”
WEIGHT: 187 lbs.
BIRTHPLACE: Jutiapa, Honduras
HOMETOWN: Jutiapa, Honduras
PREVIOUS CLUB: FC Dallas (MLS)
FIFA NATIONALITY: Honduras  

HOUSTON DYNAMO PLAYERS CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT

GOALKEEPERS (3)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
1 Tyler Deric GK 10 30 6-3 185 USA
23 Joe Willis GK 8 30 6-5 200 USA
26 Michael Nelson GK 1 23 6-4 180 USA
DEFENDERS (10)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
Alejandro Fuenmayor DF 1 22 6-1 170 Venezuela
3 Adam Lundkvist DF 1 24 5-9 145 Sweden
6 Kiki Struna DF 0 28 6-2 185 Slovenia
7 DaMarcus Beasley DF 10 36 5-8 145 USA
12 Chris Duvall DF 5 27 5-10 165 USA
16 Kevin Garcia DF 2 27 6-0 185 USA
20 A.J. DeLaGarza DF 10 31 5-9 150 Guam
28 Erik McCue DF 0 17 6-3 185 USA/Sweden
29 Sam Junqua DF 0 22 6-0 170 USA
  Maynor Figueroa DF 4 35 5-11 187 Honduras
MIDFIELDERS (9)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
5 Juan David Cabezas MF 2 26 6-0 175 Colombia
8 Memo Rodriguez MF 2 22 5-8 145 USA
10 Tomás Martínez MF 2 23 5-9 145 Argentina
11 Tommy McNamara MF 5 27 5-9 170 USA
14 Marlon Hairston MF 5 24 6-0 157 USA
22 Matías Vera MF 0 23 5-7 155 Argentina
24 Darwin Cerén MF 5 28 5-10 165 El Salvador
25 Eric Bird MF 2 25 5-9 175 USA
27 Boniek García MF 7 34 5-9 150 Honduras
FORWARDS (4)
No. Name Pos. MLS Exp. Age Ht. Wt. FIFA Nationality
9 Mauro Manotas FW 4 23 6-0 155 Colombia
17 Alberth Elis FW 2 22 6-0 165 Honduras
21 Ronaldo Peña FW 1 21 6-1 175 Venezuela
31 Romell Quioto FW 2 27 5-11 170 Honduras