A New York-born soccer star who honed his skills on a pitch in Maspeth helped keep the US Men’s National Team out of the Tokyo Olympics last week.
Juan Carlos Obregón, a striker on the Honduran national team, scored the opening goal in an Olympic qualifier victory over the US on March 28. The 2-1 Honduras win prevented the US men’s team from making the Olympics for the third straight time.
“I feel enormous happiness, enormous pride,” Obregón said in Spanish following the match. “It’s the most important goal of my career and it helped us qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, and it’s dedicated to all the Hondurans and my family who have helped me.”