Ex-Hull and Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa joins Colorado Rapids

The 32-year-old Honduras international has made the move to MLS after being released by Hull earlier this summer.

On the back of signing Sean St Ledger, the Colorado Rapids have managed to add another experienced defender to their ranks.

On Friday, the MLS club confirmed the capture of Honduras international Maynor Figueroa, who arrives at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with over 200 Premier League appearances under his belt.

“We have been tracking Maynor for some time so we are delighted to have finally secured his services,” Rapids technical director Paul Bravo told the club’s official website. “He has vast experience in one of the best leagues in the world and his versatility will be an asset to us during the second half of the season. We look forward to welcoming him to our club.”

Figueroa, 32, first move to England during the 2007-08 season to join Wigan Athletic on loan from Honduran side Olimpia, before his move was made permanent in December 2008.

The 118-times capped defender featured 200 times for the Latics, racking up six goals and eight assists and starting every game but the final during their 2013 FA Cup-winning run, but he left for Hull City that summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

Reunited with former Wigan manager Steve Bruce, the two-time World Cup veteran went on to make 32 top-flight appearances for the Tigers during the 2013-14 campaign but found himself out-of-favour last term before heading back to the DW Stadium in October for a two-month loan spell.

Let go at the end of the season, Figueroa has since captained Honduras at the CONCACAF Gold Cup but, while he started all three group games at centre-half, the bulk of his minutes for Colorado are expected to come on the left-hand side of the backline.

The club might be sitting bottom of the Western Conference on 24 points after 21 games but their defence has conceded just 22 goals thanks to a centre-back group which possessed solid depth even before St Ledger’s addition.

Left-back, on the other hand, has been a problem area throughout the 2015 season but, with the ex-Hull and Wigan man now coming on board, head coach Pablo Mastroeni should not have to worry about the position going forward.

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