Four Houston Dynamo Players Named to National Team Rosters for International Duty
Houston Dynamo midfielder Darwin Cerén, forward Alberth Elis and defenders Maynor Figueroa and Kiki Struna will report to their respective national teams for international duty during the upcoming FIFA window. Each of the call-ups was announce by the player’s national federation earlier this week.
Cerén and El Salvador return to Concacaf Nations League B play on Oct. 12 when they travel to the Caribbean to face Montserrat. Two days later, El Salvador will face Saint Lucia at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground. Cerén has earned 55 caps with La Selecta and recently scored a goal in a 3-0 victory over Saint Lucia on Sept. 7 at Estadio Cuscatlán in the first meeting between these teams in Nations League play.
Elis and Figueroa were named to the Honduras National Team for their Concacaf Nations League debut as they travel to Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow and host Martinique on Oct. 13 at Estadio Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula.
Figueroa serves as captain of the Honduran national team and holds the all-time record for most appearances for Los Catrachos, with 156 in his career. The center back started 25 of Houston’s 34 league matches this past season, his first with the club. Figueroa has made nearly 400 appearances as a professional throughout his 20-year career.
Elis has been capped 37 times and has scored seven goals for his country. The 23-year-old forward finished his third season with the Dynamo with nine goals and 10 assists. Elis has recorded back-to-back seasons with at least 25 appearances and 10 assists.
Struna will join Slovenia for a pair of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers, beginning with a trip to North Macedonia on Oct. 10. Slovenia hosts Austria on Oct. 13 at Stožice Stadium in Ljubljana for the eighth matchday of the qualification round. Slovenia currently sits in second place with a 3-1-1 record, which includes a 2-0 victory over Poland on Sept. 6. Struna scored his first international goal in that match off a set piece in the 35th minute.
Struna has been capped 17 times and has scored one goal for his country. The 29-year-old center back just finished his first season in the MLS, recording 2,610 minutes in 29 appearances, while adding an assist in Houston’s 4-2 victory over the LA Galaxy last Sunday at BBVA Stadium.