Maalique Foster ready to give all in Portmore United farewell
Striker Maalique Foster puts on his boots before entering the field at the National Stadium in San Jose Costa Rica during the first round of the round of 16 against Santos de Guapiles in the Scotiabank Concacaf League on August 1. 2018

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras– Just two matches remain in Maalique Foster’s Portmore United career, and he’s planning to give it his all in the team’s 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League quarterfinal versus Motagua of Honduras.

The 21-year-old forward, who has two SCL goals thus far and will be joining Costa Rican side Alajuelense on September 1, says that he wants to leave a mark in his last two matches with the Jamaican club. 

“It is a great feeling to know that I am moving into a professional environment to further my career, so I just need to go there and do my best and hopefully I can go to another level,” said Foster in a pre-match press conference on Wednesday prior to Thursday’s first leg in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

“These games will mean a lot to me knowing that I’m moving away from my brothers. I have to go out there and play for me and them. I have to show the love I have for them and the club and give them a great game so they know that I appreciate them a lot,” added Foster.

Joining Foster in Wednesday’s press conference was Portmore United Head Coach Shavar Thomas.

After guiding the Caribbean side past 2017 SCL finalists Santos de Guapiles in the previous round, Thomas feels like he has the pieces in place to overcome the Catracho club.

“We see Motagua as a strong team. They are very technical, organized as well. We are doing our homework and we have our plans on where we can exploit their strengths and their weaknesses,” said Thomas.

Yet Thomas is also aware of the threat posed by the Motagua attack, which is led by midfielder Matias Galvaliz, who has a goal and an assist thus far in the SCL.

“[Galvaliz] is a top player in their squad, he’s the guy they run everything through. We studied the team thoroughly. They also have big guys in the back who are very competent with the ball at their feet, but they have weaknesses that we can exploit and we need to play to our strengths,” concluded Thomas.