The Houston Dynamo announced today the signing of veteran Honduran center back Maynor Figueroa. Figueroa, 35, has been the captain of the Honduran national team and has had a lengthy career in England where he played for Wigan Athletic and Hull City. He’s also experienced in MLS having played for the Colorado Rapids and most recently FC Dallas.
While the signing of a 35 year old player who turns 36 in May might not seem too appealing, the grueling schedule of navigating the MLS regular season, US Open Cup, and CONCACAF Champions League make his experience and leadership very valuable. He’s played in Champions League and can help our back line.
The Dynamo were very self aware of their historical Honduran connection and took to twitter to enjoy a few laughs.
Figueroa will be the fourth Honduran currently on the Dynamo and the club has had plenty of history signing players from the Central American country.
This past Saturday the Houston Dynamo scrimmaged Rio Grande Valley FC Toros and it was curious that Alejandro Fuenmayor was not starting next to Kiki Struna with what looked like possibly Wilmer Cabrera’s starting XI. Instead it was Kevin Garcia who is likely a reserve player. It’s possible that this signing was already in the works and Figueroa is set to be a starter in 2019 for Houston which is why Fuenmayor started with the bench unit in the next 30 minute scrimmage to gain chemistry with those players.
With Adolfo Machado, Leonardo, and Philippe Senderos all not returning this season depth in central defense was needed. Where do you stand on the signing? Let us know in the comments below.