Figueroa playing for FC Dallas in 2017
|Full name||Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez|
|Date of birth||2 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Jutiapa, Honduras|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back, left back|
|2008||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||2||(0)|
|2008||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||29||(1)|
|2014||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||6||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:48, 13 October 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:56, 18 November 2019 (UTC)
Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez (born 2 May 1983) is a Honduran professional footballer who plays as a centre back or left back for the Houston Dynamo in MLS. He currently plays for the Honduras national football team, where he serves as captain. He spent most of his career at Wigan Athletic, where he made 179 Premier League appearances and won the 2013 FA Cup. Figueroa has made over 100 international appearances since 2003, including at three CONCACAF Gold Cups, two FIFA World Cups , the 2012 Olympics
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Born in Jutiapa, Atlántida, Figueroa started his career with Victoria, before moving to Olimpia in 2003. He later became club captain. In 2007, Figueroa received offers from Major League Soccer clubs, one of which was revealed to be New England Revolution, but Olimpia's administrator, Osman Madrid, turned down all the offers. Figueroa had drawn previous interest from foreign clubs aside from those in MLS, including Club Toluca of Mexico making offers during 2007. However, during an interview, Madrid indicated the terms sought by other teams had been neither agreeable nor economically favourable to Olimpia or Figueroa.
Wigan Athletic (loan)
On 20 December 2007, Honduran newspaper El Heraldo reported that, as a result of interest expressed by the Premier League club Wigan Athletic, Figueroa would be travelling to England. In January 2008, Figueroa joined Wigan on loan for the rest of the 2007–08 season. In July 2008, after a complicated process involving work permit and visa issues, Figueroa rejoined Wigan on loan for a further six months, after which Wigan had the option to make the deal permanent following a successful loan spell.
On 23 December 2008, Wigan announced Figueroa had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to join permanently. He scored his first goal for Wigan on 11 January 2009. He scored a close range header to secure a late winner against Tottenham Hotspur. On 12 December 2009, Figueroa scored a goal against Stoke City from his own half to put Wigan in the lead. Figueroa noticed Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen off his line at a free kick and struck the ball quickly to send the ball soaring over Sørensen and into the net. Although the match ended 2–2, Figueroa made the headlines the following day, with Alan Hansen calling it a candidate for Goal of the Season. Indeed, Figueroa's goal was chosen as Match of the Day's Goal of the Season for 2009–10. By the end of the 2009–10 campaign, he had made 81 appearances and scored twice in all competitions for Wigan.
The 2010–11 campaign proved difficult for Wigan and Figueroa. On 26 February 2011, he made his 100th Premier League appearance, playing the full 90 minutes at left-back in a 4–0 defeat against Manchester United at the DW Stadium. He scored a goal against fellow relegation struggling side Birmingham City on 19 March 2011 that led to a 2–1 win for Wigan. On the last day of the season, Wigan needed to win and have results go their way in order to secure Premier League safety. Figueroa provided the breakthrough for the away side in the 78th minute, setting up Hugo Rodallega to win the game 1–0 at Stoke City and confirm Wigan's safety in the Premier League.
During Wigan's first League Cup game of the 2012–13 season, Figueroa scored from 35 yards out, as Wigan defeated Nottingham Forest 4–1 at the City Ground. Wigan achieved success in the FA Cup winning the competition after beating Manchester City 1–0 in the final. Figueroa had played in every round of the FA Cup but was injured for the FA Cup final; however he did receive an FA Cup Winner's medal  However, they did not have as much success in the Premier League and were relegated at the end of the season.
Newly promoted Premier League side Hull City announced the signing of Figueroa on a free transfer on 17 June 2013. He made his debut on the first day of the 2013–14 season in a 2–0 loss away at Chelsea. Figueroa reached an FA Cup Final for the second successive season after playing in every game prior to the final.   Whereas he missed the 2013 FA Cup Final Final through injury, he was an unused substitute for the 2014 FA Cup Final after manager Steve Bruce changed the system to 5-3-2 with the manager's son Alex Bruce starting ahead of Figueroa. Hull lost the final 3-2 to Arsenal after extra-time. On 21 October 2014 Figueroa returned to Wigan Athletic on a month-loan and went on to play in the 0–0 draw against Millwall the same day. After five consecutive games for the club since joining on loan, Wigan extended his loan deal until 30 December 2014. He was recalled to Hull on 22 December 2014, along with Tom Ince from Nottingham Forest. On 28 May 2015, Figueroa was one of six players released by Hull manager Steve Bruce.
Following his release by Hull City, Figueroa joined MLS team Colorado Rapids on 7 August 2015. He made his Rapids and MLS debut on 14 August in a 1-0 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes. Figueroa scored his first goal for Colorado on 29 August in a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. Figueroa would play in 10 games for Colorado. He was unable to save the Rapids season as they failed to qualify for the playoffs and finished the year in last place for the Western Conference.
On 26 January 2016, Figueroa was traded to FC Dallas in exchange for General Allocation Money. He made his debut for FC Dallas on 6 March in a 2–0 win over the Philadelphia Union. Figueroa scored his first goal for Dallas on 4 August against Real Estelí in the CONCACAF Champions League, rocketing a shot into the top right corner in the 84th minute to give Dallas a 2-1 victory. He would start in the quarter-finals, semi-final and final to help Dallas win the 2016 U.S. Open Cup. Figueroa also made 28 MLS appearances to help lead Dallas to win the Supporters' Shield. In the playoffs, he would start both legs of Dallas's conference semi-final tie with the Seattle Sounders, but they would fall 4-2 on aggregate.
On 22 April, Figueroa scored his first MLS goal for Dallas in a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City. He was named to the MLS Team of the Week following a strong performance in a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps on 17 June. He scored his second league goal with Dallas on 23 August, blasting a ball into the top of the net in a 3-3 draw with the Houston Dynamo in a Texas Derby match. On 27 August, Figueroa would score against his former team to lead Dallas to a 2-0 win over Colorado. Dallas would finish in 7th place in the Western Conference and miss out on the playoffs in 2017 after a late season collapse saw them win 2 of their final 14 games, just one year after doing a US Open Cup and Supporters Shield double.
2018 saw a reduced role for Figueroa, with the additions of the younger Anton Nedyalkov and Marquinhos Pedroso competing for the left back spot. He would only make 20 appearances as he split time as a left back and center back. Figueroa's loan goal of the season came on 18 August in a 2-0 win over Minnesota United. He would help Dallas return to the playoffs in 2018. On 26 November, Figueroa had his contract option declined.
On 30 January, Figueroa signed with the Houston Dynamo. Figueroa made his Dynamo debut on 19 February 2019 in a 1–0 win over CD Guastatoya in the CONCACAF Champions League. He made his first league appearance for the Dynamo on 2 March in a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.
Figueroa made his debut for Honduras in 2003 and has since gone on to score goals against Belize, Cuba, Jamaica, the United States and Australia. He was part of the Honduras squad at the 2005, 2007, 2011 (did not appear) and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cups. He was also named in the 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Figueroa played out of position as a centre back at the World Cup, due to the form of Emilio Izaguirre. He was again named to Honduras' squad for the 2014 World Cup. Figueroa also represented Honduras at U-20 and U-23 level from 1999 to 2003 and 2001 to 2003 respectively, scoring once in three games for the U-20s and failing to score in eight outings with the U-23 side. He joined the U-23 squad as an overage player for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He has won over 160 caps, the most for Honduras, scoring six goals since his debut back in 2003. He is currently the national team captain.
Figueroa is married to Sandra Norales, a handball player who represents Honduras in that sport. Together they have 2 sons and 1 daughter. Figueroa is of Garifuna heritige. He is close friends with Honduran and Dynamo teammate Boniek Garcia.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[A]||League Cup[B]||Other[C]||Total|
|Victoria||2000–01||Honduran Liga Nacional|
|2001–02||Honduran Liga Nacional|
|Olimpia||2002–03||Honduran Liga Nacional|
|2003–04||Honduran Liga Nacional|
|2004–05||Honduran Liga Nacional|
|2005–06||Honduran Liga Nacional|
|2006–07||Honduran Liga Nacional|
|2007–08||Honduran Liga Nacional||27||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||27||1|
|Wigan Athletic||2007–08||Premier League||2||0||0||0||0||0||—||2||0|
|Hull City||2013–14||Premier League||32||0||6||0||0||0||—||38||0|
|Wigan Athletic (loan)||2014||Championship||6||0||0||0||0||0||—||6||0|
- As of match played 26 November 2019
- Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
|1.||5 July 2005||Orange Bowl, Miami, United States||Trinidad and Tobago||1–1||1–1||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2.||10 October 2006||Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, United States||Guatemala||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|3.||15 October 2013||Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica||Jamaica||2–1||2–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||14 October 2014||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, United States||United States||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|5.||15 November 2017||Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia||Australia||1–3||1–3||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||6 June 2019||Estadio Antonio Aranda, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
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