HOUSTON, TEXAS – Hector Herrera has felt the love in Houston since he first played for the Mexican national team at NRG Stadium early in his national team career. He knows very well what his signing with the Houston Dynamo means for the organization, the Bayou City, and the millions of Mexicans and Mexican Americans who live in Harris County.
El Tri’s captain has enjoyed the “home crowd” feel Mexico’s national team is afforded in Houston. He’s well aware of the love his paisanos have for their Mexican national team stars.
Only Minute Maid Park has drawn louder roars in Houston over the last year than the ones Herrera elicited last July when he scored the winning goal for Mexico over Canada in a Gold Cup semifinal match at NRG Stadium.
Now Herrera wants to garner that same love for Houston Dynamo FC while returning the franchise to Major League Soccer prominence.
Herrera, 32, welcomes the expectations that greet him as the Dynamo’s first Mexican superstar.
Hector Herrera proud to represent Mexico in Houston
“The Mexican fans (in Houston) have always made us feel at home when I’ve been able to play with the national team,” he said. “They greet us incredibly well. They’re at the hotel all day waiting for players to take a picture or sign an autograph with them.
“Now that I have an opportunity to be here to be on your city’s team, that gives me great hope. It fills me with pride to be able to represent the Mexican people.”
Herrera agreed to his deal with the Dynamo in March while he was finishing his stint with Spain’s Atletico Madrid. At that point, he was hardly getting playing time with the La Liga giants. But he capped his stint in Europe on a high note.
The 32-year-old midfielder reiterated at his introductory press conference Friday afternoon that he’s still playing at a high level. He’s adamant that he has a lot to give in the Houston Dynamo, and the MLS.