• Friday Mar 17, 2017

    FC Dallas’ Figueroa driven by Club World Cup dream

    Honduras international Maynor Figueroa (pictured) played the entire 90 minutes in FC Dallas' win over visiting Pachuca in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, first-leg encounter on March 15, 2017, in Frisco, Texas, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

    FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas defender Maynor Figueroa makes no bones about it, playing in a FIFA Club World Cup would be a dream come true.

    That wish for the Honduras international came closer to reality on Wednesday night after FCD topped visiting Pachuca, 2-1, in the first leg of their 2016-17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series

    Now, with a win or draw in the return leg on April 4, the MLS side would reach its first-ever SCCL final.

    “It would be amazing. I think making a Club World Cup would be the ultimate for this club and for one as a player,” said Figueroa. “But there are still 90 minutes left of this second match and we have to look for it, in a manner of getting the result, in an intelligent manner.”

    Dallas’ victory over four-time CONCACAF champion Pachuca was the first by a U.S. club against a Mexican one in the history of SCCL semifinals. For Figueroa and FC Dallas, the result is certainly a point of pride.

    “Pachuca is one of the best teams in Mexico and we feel proud and happy for having beaten this great team,” the 33-year-old finished. “I think with the maturity that we have, we are going to go into [the second leg] and have a good set up.”

    The only U.S. club to reach a SCCL final was Real Salt Lake in 2010/11, when it fell to Monterrey, 3-2 on aggregate.

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