Boniek García

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Óscar Boniek García
Óscar Boniek García Ramírez.jpg
García warming up at Livestrong Sporting Park
Personal information
Full name Óscar Boniek García Ramírez[1]
Date of birth (1984-09-04) September 4, 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Number 27
Youth career
2003 Real Patepluma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2012 Olimpia 115 (14)
2006–2007Marathón (loan)
2012– Houston Dynamo 176 (13)
National team
2005– Honduras 125 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2017

Óscar Boniek García Ramírez (born September 4, 1984) is a Honduran footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. He received his middle name Boniek after famous Polish international player Zbigniew Boniek.[2]

Club career[edit]

García made his senior debut on August 10, 2003 with Real Patepluma, losing 4–1 to Atlético Olanchano.[3] In 2004, he joined Olimpia of Honduras. He also played for Marathón of Honduras. He also went for a 15-day trial with French club Paris Saint Germain and played two friendly games with the team that toured Portugal to play against Vitória Guimarães and Benfica.

During August 2009, it was announced that he would travel to Wigan Athletic, who were in the English Premier League at the time, in order to sign a three-year contract with the club, along with fellow Honduran, Roger Rojas. The contract was not signed and García stayed with Olimpia.

On June 7, 2012, García signed with Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo to become their 2nd ever Designated Player. On July 15, 2012, he scored his first goal in a Dynamo jersey and in Major League Soccer against D.C. United in the 62nd minute. Boniek's impact was immense, with the Dynamo having a +10 goal differential and a record of 9-4-6 after he joined the team. On November 26, 2012, Boniek was awarded the "Newcomer of the Year" and "Player's Player of the Year" award by the team, despite playing only half of the season.[4] García was also named the MLS Latin Player of the Year, as voted on by fans.[5] He helped the team reach MLS Cup in 2012, where the Dynamo would fall to the LA Galaxy 3-1.[6]

On October 27, 2013, Boniek scored in a 2-1 win over DC United in a game that clinched the Dynamo's spot in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs.[7] He scored again on October 31 in a 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact in the first game of the playoffs.[8] In the second leg of the conference finals, Boniek scored in the 3rd minute to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead on aggregate. However, Sporting Kansas City would come back and win 2-1.[9]

2014 was a mixed year for Boniek. he got to represent Honduras at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the Dynamo missed out on a playoff spot by 10 points, in part because the team struggled when Boniek missed games for international duty. However, his volley against the Chicago Fire on September 28 was named the Dynamo's Goal of the Year.[10]

The Dynamo would miss out on the playoffs in 2015 and 2016, but Boniek helped lead them to a return in 2017 under new coach Wilmer Cabrera.[11] Although he only made 12 starts on the year, his fewest since joining the Dynamo, Boniek was an important leader in the locker room and on the field.[12]

2018 saw Boniek and the Dynamo fail to qualify for the playoffs, however they won the first US Open Cup in club history. The win qualified them for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, returning to the competition for the first time since 2013.[13]

International career[edit]

García made his debut for Honduras in a July 2005 friendly match against Canada and has played at the 2007,[14] 2009,[15] and 2011 UNCAF Nations Cups[16] as well as at the 2005,[17] 2007,[18] and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[19] Boniek helped Honduras win the 2011 Copa Centroamericana finish second at the 2013 Copa Centroamericana.[20] He was also a non-playing squad member at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He played all three group E matches for Honduras at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil including against France when he came on as a substitute.[21] Boniek earned his 100th cap for Honduras on 4 September 2015 in a 3-0 win against Venezuela.[22][13] Boniek has the 4th most caps for Honduras with 125 caps.[23]

Personal life[edit]

He was given the middle name Boniek in honor of Zbigniew Boniek, the famous Polish international footballer.[24] Boniek's dad was a professional soccer player for Olimpia.[25] García chose to have the name "Boniek" written across the back of his jersey while playing for Houston. Boniek and his wife Ivania Reyes have a daughter and twin sons.[26]

Garcia holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Statistics[edit]

As of 27 April 2019[28][29]
Appearances, goals, and assists by club, season and competition
Club Season League Playoffs US Open Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Houston Dynamo 2012 MLS 17 4 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 25 5 7
2013 22 3 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 31 5 6
2014 27 2 1 0 0 0 27 2 1
2015 23 3 5 0 0 0 23 3 5
2016 31 0 9 3 0 1 34 0 10
2017 20 0 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 23 0 4
2018 29 1 7 3 0 0 32 1 7
2019 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 10 0 0
Career totals 176 13 38 13 3 1 7 0 1 9 0 0 205 16 40


International Statistics[edit]

As of 8 June 2018[30]

Appearances and goals by national team and year

National Team Year Apps Goals
Honduras 2005 7 0
2006 4 0
2007 17 0
2008 4 0
2009 8 0
2010 8 1
2011 14 0
2012 11 0
2013 16 1
2014 8 0
2015 12 0
2016 7 1
2017 9 0
Total 125 3

International Goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. September 4, 2010 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  El Salvador 1–1 2–2 Friendly
2. June 11, 2013 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Jamaica 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. March 29, 2016 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  El Salvador 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

C.D. Olimpia[edit]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

International[edit]

Honduras[edit]

Individual[edit]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

  • Dynamo Newcomer of the Year: 2012[4]
  • Dynamo Player's Player of the Year: 2012[4]
  • MLS Latin Player of the Year (Latino del Año): 2012[5]
  • Dynamo Goal of the Year: 2014[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. June 11, 2014. p. 19. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  2. ^ MŚ:Boniek będzie kibicował...Bońkowi Archived February 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, onet.pl, 2010-06-04 (Polish)
  3. ^ "Boniek García: "Mi máximo anhelo es ganar la Copa MLS"" (in Spanish). La Prensa. November 28, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Houston Dynamo announce 2012 team awards". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Pinzón, Diego (December 3, 2012). "Houston's Boniek García named FutbolMLS.com's 2012 Latino del Año". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "2012-12-01-LA-v-HOU | MLSsoccer.com". December 5, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Cammarota, Nick (October 27, 2013). "Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 2, D.C. United 1". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Lovell, Darrell (October 31, 2013). "Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 3, Montreal Impact 0". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Brisendine, Steve (November 23, 2013). "Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 1, Sporting Kansas City 2". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Houston Dynamo announce 2014 team awards". houstondynamo.com. December 5, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "Dynamo's return to playoffs a three-year process". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Midfielder Boniek Garcia re-signs with the Houston Dynamo". mlssoccer.com. December 11, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Boniek García". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Courtney, Barrie (January 29, 2009). "UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2007". RSSSF. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  15. ^ Courtney, Barrie (June 19, 2009). "UNCAF (Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup) 2009 - Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  16. ^ Lugo, Erik Francisco; Torres, Steven (January 4, 2013). "Copa Centroamericana 2011 (UNCAF Nations Cup)". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  17. ^ Courtney, Barrie; Saaid, Hamdan (July 30, 2005). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  18. ^ Saaid, Hamdan (July 19, 2007). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  19. ^ Lugo, Erik Francisco (July 11, 2013). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011". RSSSF. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  20. ^ "Honduras - Boniek García - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  21. ^ "Honduras Squad list". FIFA.com. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  22. ^ "Venezuela vs. Honduras - Football Match Line-Ups - September 4, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  23. ^ "Honduras - Record International Players". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  24. ^ "MŚ: Boniek będzie kibicował... Bońkowi" (in Polish). onet.pl. June 4, 2010. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  25. ^ "A long way from home, Boniek Garcia learns from newfound relationship with his own". mlssoccer.com. June 16, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  26. ^ "#Honduras | 15 cosas que quizás no sabías de… Boniek García". Deporte Total USA Radio (in Spanish). September 14, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  27. ^ http://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2016/06/14/what-do-you-need-know-lamar-hunt-us-open-cup
  28. ^ Boniek García at Soccerway. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  29. ^ "Boniek Garcia". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  30. ^ "Óscar Boniek García - Century of International Appearances". rsssf.com. January 11, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.

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