Ricardo Jerez Jr.

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Ricardo Jérez
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Antonio Jérez Figueroa
Date of birth (1986-02-04) 4 February 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Guatemala City, Guatemala
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Alianza Petrolera
Number 12
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Coban Imperial 13 (0)
2006–2007 Municipal
2007–2008 Comunicaciones 3 (0)
2008–2009 Rentistas 18 (0)
2009–2010 Jalapa
2010 Club Comunicaciones 0 (0)
2011–2012 Marquense 64 (0)
2013– Alianza Petrolera 150 (0)
National team
2008 Guatemala U-23 5 (0)
2006– Guatemala 44 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2014

Ricardo Antonio Jérez Figueroa (born 4 February 1986) is a Guatemalan football goalkeeper who plays for Alianza Petrolera of the Colombian top division, and is also a member of the Guatemalan national team.

Club career[edit]

Jerez is the son of the also former national team goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez who played in the 1988 Olympics.[1]

Jerez Jr. came through the youth ranks of local giants CSD Comunicaciones before joining Cobán Imperial and CSD Municipal.

Rentistas (2008-2009)[edit]

On early August 2008, he was sent to Uruguay to participate in some tests with Peñarol, which he failed but he was able to stay in the country to play for Rentistas team which competed in the Uruguayan Segunda División.[2] He made his debut on 13 September against local rivals Cerrito, match which his team lost 2-1, but he was able to save a penalty shot by Richard Requelme and was named man of the match.[3] Later, in the third round of the tournament, he saved again a penalty now against Boston River.

Back to Guatemala (2009-2010)[edit]

He then returned to Guatemala in September 2009 to play for Deportivo Jalapa[4]

In summer 2010 he joined Argentinian third division side Club Comunicaciones.[5] He remained six months on the club and could not play due to problems with his documents.

Later, Jerez returned to Guatemala where he played for USAC in a campaign that saw them suffer relegation.

Deportivo Marquense (2011-2012)[edit]

He then was signed by Deportivo Marquense in mid-2011, where between the playoffs of the 2011 Apertura and the 2012 Clausura tournament has set a new CONCACAF club record with 941 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal, a streak put to an end by Eliseo Quintanilla of Municipal.[6]

Alianza Petrolera (2013-present)[edit]

Jerez joined Alianza Petrolera in January 2013, at the time being the only non-domestic player in the squad. He recorded a clean sheet in his first league match in Colombia, in a 1-0 win against La Equidad on 8 January 2013.[7] Throughout his time at the club, he has been regarded as an important figure in the team's success. On October 2013, the club announced the extension of Jerez's contract, which would end after the 2016 season. He's the first player to have played at least 100 games in the top division with the club.

International career[edit]

Jerez made his debut for Guatemala in a January 2006 friendly match against the United States. He has represented his country in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification processes and at the UNCAF Nations Cup 2009.[8]

In 2008, he was selected for the Guatemala U-23 squad to participate in the 2008 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament where they could not qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

He played in all of his team's matches at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and was the starting goalkeeper for Guatemala in 11 of Guatemala's 12 matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Domestic Cup International Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Marquense 2011—12 44 44
2012—13 20 20
Total 64 64
Alianza Petrolera 2013 35 3 38
2014 31 3 34
2015 38 38
2016 39 2 41
2017 7 7
Total 150 8 158
Career total 234 8 222


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