FC Dallas’ Figueroa with sights set on SCCL
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Honduras international Maynor Figueroa (center) has been key to FC Dallas' success in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. (Photo: Mexsport)

FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas kicked off its preseason this week for what will be a busy 2017.

The Major League Soccer side has league play, the U.S. Open Cup and the knockout rounds of the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League to contest.

FCD’s first competitive match of the year will take place on February 23, when it hosts Arabe Unido in the first leg of the SCCL quarterfinals.

“It is a difficult team, especially when they are at home and they have shown it also playing away, so we have to prepare ourselves to avoid a surprise,” defender Maynor Figueroa told CONCACAF.com at the team’s media day on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Honduras international says that Dallas has a bigger picture in mind and that it’s working hard to progress as far as possible.

“We have a dream, we are the hope of going as far as possible,” commented Figueroa, who scored the game-winner in a 1-0 triumph over Real Esteli during the group stage. “Since the first day we have prepared ourselves, visualizing a strong match and hoping with God’s help of being able to win and continue advancing.”

The ultimate objective, though, is to capture the SCCL title and secure a place in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup

“To play a Club World Cup would be great,” Figueroa stressed. “It would be a dream come true. I think we are all hopeful and for that reason we are working daily.”

The 102-time capped standout didn’t play in Honduras’ run to the 2017 Copa Centroamericana crown, but he sent complimented his colleagues and looked ahead to the Catrachos’ upcoming challenge – resumption of the road to Russia 2018.

“It is really nice, I am happy for all for what has been achieved,” Figueroa finished. “It was a great effort by all the teammates and my congratulations to them. Now it is time to think about [World Cup] qualifying.”