Maikel Reyes
Personal information
Full name Maikel Alejandro Reyes Azcuy[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Viñales, Cuba
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
C.D. Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Pinar del Río
2016 Cruz Azul Premier 18 (5)
2017 Villa Clara
2018– Pinar del Río
2021– C.D. Real Sociedad 16 (0)
National team
2012–13 Cuba U-20 14 (7)
2014 Cuba U-21 5 (2)
2012– Cuba U-23 1 (0)
2012– Cuba 26 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2021

Maikel Alejandro Reyes Azcuy (sometimes spelt as Maykel Reyes) is a Cuban international football player who plays for his local team Pinar del Río.

Club career

In January 2016, he became the first Cuban footballer (along with Abel Martínez) to sign for a foreign club[3] with the approval of the Cuban government's Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), when he signed for Mexican club side Cruz Azul.[4]

He returned to Cuba in 2017 to play for Villa Clara,[5] only to join hometown side Pinar del Río in 2018.

International career

Reyes was involved in the unsuccessful campaign to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics football tournament playing against Canada in March 2012 in the Olympic qualifying tournament.

In 2013, he participated in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In November 2013, he represented Cuba in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, scoring against Honduras and Costa Rica.[1]

Reyes made his senior international debut in October 2012 against Panama.[2] and has, as of January 2018, earned a total of 13 caps, scoring two goals.

Reyes was named in the team for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. On July 15, he scored the only goal against Guatemala in the group stage to make Cuba qualify to the quarter-finals.

International goals

Scores and results list Cuba's goal tally first.[6]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 March 2015 Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic  Dominican Republic
3–0
3–0
Friendly
2. 15 July 2015 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, United States  Guatemala
1–0
1–0
2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3. 10 November 2019 Dennis Martínez National Stadium, Managua, Nicaragua  Nicaragua 1–0 1–0 Friendly
4. 2 June 2021 Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  British Virgin Islands 2–0 5–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 8 June 2021 Kirani James Athletic Stadium, St. George's, Grenada  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1–0 1–0

References

  1. ^ a b Maikel Reyes at Soccerway
  2. ^ a b Maikel ReyesFIFA competition record (archived)
  3. ^ The Journey of Maykel Reyes, Cuba’s First Professional Soccer Player - Havana Times
  4. ^ "Cuba cierra con Cruz Azul el primer fichaje de fútbol de su historia". El Economista (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ Maykel blinda al Expreso - Periódico Guerrillero (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "Maikel Reyes". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 8 June 2021.