Hector Herrera, a long-time El Tri player, has signed with the Houston Dynamo

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Hector Herrera, a long-time El Tri player, has signed with the Houston Dynamo

With the signing of Mexico international midfielder Hector Herrera, the Houston Dynamo has landed arguably their most important player in franchise history. The signing was revealed by the club on Wednesday.

Hector Herrera has a strong track record at the club and international levels, captaining El Tri on several occasions. The 31-year-contract old with Atletico Madrid will expire this summer, and he will join the MLS.

Herrera began his Liga MX career with Pachuca in 2012-13. In total, he made 27 appearances for the Tuzos in domestic and club international competitions, scoring two goals in the 2012-13 season.

Herrera moved to FC Porto, a Portuguese team, for a reported €8 million in June 2013. He made 245 games and scored 35 goals in six seasons with FC Porto, the last three as club captain. During his stint at Porto, he won the Primeira Liga in 2017-18 and two Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira medals (the Portuguese Super Cup).

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Herrera joined Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019. In 71 appearances for Atletico, he only scored one goal. Herrera added another trophy to his collection last season in La Liga, as he was a member of the winning 2020-21 Atletico Madrid team.

Herrera has 96 caps for Mexico and continues to be a key player for the national team.

Few people can match HH’s honors. He won an Olympic gold medal for Mexico during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Mexican international has also represented El Tri in the FIFA World Cups in 2014 and 2018. In 2015, he won both the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the CONCACAF Cup, both against Team USA.

Not only is this a major deal for the Houston Dynamo on the field, but it should also pay off the field. Houston is a multicultural city with a sizable Hispanic population. After last season’s last-place performance in MLS and falling attendance at PNC Stadium in recent seasons, this move could provide the buzz the club needs.

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The player has agreed to a deal until 2024, with the option to extend further until 2025. The Mexican international has agreed to join the Dynamos, with the city having close ties to Mexico as well. This is a further positive for the move, funded by new owner Ted Segal.

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