HOUSTON, TEXAS – Maynor Figueroa is one of Honduras’s most iconic players and, as team captain, a leader his team will look to as it goes for the full three points against Curacao on Friday at BBVA Stadium in Houston.
The legendary defender is partaking in his sixth Gold Cup, missing the tournament on only two occasions, and is determined to return Honduras to the latter stages of the tournament.
“The message to my teammates is always to assume their responsibilities,” said Figueroa on Thursday in the pre-match press conference. “We are all responsible when things are going well and when they’re not. That’s always been my message.”
Honduras and Curacao meet for the first time and both teams will be looking to pick up three points crucial to their quarterfinal hopes.
The Central Americans enter as the more experienced side, but Figueroa is not letting his team get overconfident, always respectful of the opposition.
“In no moment have we underestimated the opponent,” added Figueroa. “We are conscious that it will be a difficult match. They come from a loss just like us but they have good arguments. I feel we have had time to watch analyze their videos. At this point, we are not unknown to them nor they to us.”
The Jutiapa native will reach another milestone in his storied national team career. He will tie fellow Houston Dynamo teammate Oscar Boniek Garcia for most appearances in the Gold Cup by a Honduran player.
But the humble Figueroa isn’t thinking about personal records and stated that a win would be the thing that would make the match special for him.
“We have a wish and that is to go the farthest that we can,” added Figueroa. “I’ve said it before, this match is a final for us. We will approach it us such and if someone is to leave the winner, we hope it will be Honduras.”