Hector Herrera to join Houston Dynamo

Lizzy Becherano
Atletico Madrid player Hector Herrera will join the Houston Dynamo
Atletico Madrid player Hector Herrera will join the Houston Dynamo / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Hector Herrera is headed to the Houston Dynamo. The Western Conference side have officially signed Herrera to a pre-contract through the 2024 Major League Soccer season with an option for 2025. 

The Mexican national team captain will join Houston this summer as a Designated Player after his contract with the defending La Liga champions expires. 

“On behalf of the City of Houston and our loyal, passionate soccer fans, I’m honored to welcome Hector Herrera to Houston Dynamo FC,” majority owner Ted Segal said in a release.

“General manager Pat Onstad and I have focused on identifying a difference-maker for our club and Hector’s talents make him a perfect fit. 

“As important, through this signing process I was heartened to hear Hector’s commitment to our club and the city of Houston, and I look forward to him becoming part of our community very soon.”

Herrera has extensive European experience, making 55 Champions League appearances across stints with Portuguese giants FC Porto and Atleti.

Internationally, the player has earned 96 caps with El Tri, highlighted by appearances at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups. Herrera also won a gold medal with the team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

“This is a momentous day for our club, the city and our league to add a player of Hector’s quality and pedigree. He embodies the new ambition that Ted has brought to our club,” Onstad said in a release.

“And while Hector was attracted to our sporting project, he was even more motivated to be a champion for this city. He chose Houston and we couldn’t be happier to have him.”

“The addition of a player like Hector validates the new direction and ambitions of our club. He is the type of player who will raise our standards across the board,” head coach Paulo Nagamura said in a release.

“Credit goes to our ownership group, Pat and Asher Mendelsohn for all the work they’ve done in such a short amount of time.”

Herrera is set to become the second DP signed this year, alongside Paraguayan forward Sebastian Ferreira.