Herrera playing for Porto in 2014
|Full name||Héctor Miguel Herrera López|
|Date of birth||19 April 1990|
|Place of birth||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2016.
Héctor Miguel Herrera López (born 19 April 1990) is a Mexican professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Portuguese club Porto and the Mexico national team. He is known as "[a] classic box-to-box midfielder who is equally adept at halting advances from opposing players as he is creating opportunities by distributing the ball or shooting on goal".
Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. He struggled for playing time in his first season at the club, before gradually cementing his place in the starting eleven. During the 2015–16 season, Herrera was named club captain.
A full international since 2012, Herrera won the Olympic gold medal in that year's football tournament, and was part of Mexico's winning team at the 2015 Gold Cup, as well as representing his country at the 2014 World Cup.
Herrera made his debut for Pachuca on 21 July 2010 in a 0–1 defeat to Chivas USA in a 2010 North American SuperLiga match. Herrera made his league debut for Pachuca in a 1–4 home defeat to Santos Laguna on 23 July 2011. He would make 14 appearances for Pachuca en route to winning the Golden Ball as the rookie of the Apertura 2011 tournament.
On 28 June 2013, it was announced that Herrera was transferred to Portuguese club Porto for €8 million. He made his unofficial debut with Porto on 13 July in the final of the Valais Cup against French team Marseille, coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute of the game for Fernando. Mexican teammate Diego Reyes also made his debut with Porto in the club's 3–0 win. Herrera made his official league debut on 18 August, substituting Lucho González in the 82nd minute in Porto's 3–1 victory over Vitória de Setúbal.
On 6 October, Herrera played his first 90 minutes in Porto's 3–1 away win over Arouca. On 22 October, Herrera set a new Champions League record for the fastest dismissal for two yellow cards when he was sent off in the sixth minute of the group stage match against Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Herrera scored his first league goal with Porto on 20 December in a 4–0 win against Olhanense, scoring on a volley after being on the pitch eight minutes after coming on as a substitute. In his first season with Porto, Herrera played in 17 league matches, and in 33 across all competitions, scoring three goals in total, all of which were scored in the league.
On 20 August 2014, Herrera scored his first goal in Champions League play in Porto's 1–0 win over Lille. On 25 November, he played an important role in Porto's 3–0 Champions League away win over Belarusian club BATE Borisov, scoring the first goal of the game and providing two assists, all in the second-half.
On 22 August 2015, Herrera scored his first goal of the 2015–16 season in Porto's 1–1 draw against Marítimo at the Estádio dos Barreiros. In December 2015, Herrera was named Porto's "Player of the Year" for the previous season.
On 12 February 2016, Herrera, wearing the captain's arm-band, scored the equalizer in Porto's 2–1 win over arch-rivals Benfica. Herrera was called-up for the final of the Taça de Portugal against Braga on 22 May 2016, playing in the 120 minutes of the match and failing to convert his penalty shot in the subsequent 3–2 shoot-out defeat.
In 2012, Herrera was chosen by coach Luis Fernando Tena to participate in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in the United States. Mexico went on to win the tournament by defeating Honduras in the final, thus qualifying to the 2012 Olympic Games held in London.
Mexico national team
Herrera was called up by José Manuel de la Torre to play for Mexico in the World Cup qualifiers against Guyana on 12 October and El Salvador on 16 October. He made his senior national team debut against El Salvador, a 2–0 win for Mexico. He struggled, however, to get minutes under coach De la Torre. Herrera would play in five World Cup qualifying matches, but was not called up by newly-appointed coach Miguel Herrera for the Intercontinental Play-off matches against New Zealand due to Miguel Herrera using a squad made up of players from the domestic Liga MX.
Herrera was part of the Mexican team that participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Brazil. He only made one appearance, against Brazil, coming on as a substitute for Gerardo Flores in the 58th minute of the match, receiving a yellow card in the 89th minute. Mexico would go on to lose the match 0–2.
On 8 May 2014, Herrera was included in the final 23-man roster participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was a starter in all three of Mexico's group stage matches against Cameroon, Brazil and Croatia, also playing all 90 minutes in the 1–2 round of 16 loss to the Netherlands.
On 4 September 2015, Hector Herrera scored his first goal with Mexico in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in a 3–3 draw. Four days later, on 8 September, he scored his second goal in a friendly against Argentina, a 2–2 draw. On 13 November 2015, he scored his third goal in a qualifying match against El Salvador, after a failed cross that was a shot on target.
- As of 18 June 2016
|Mexico national team|
- Mexico U23
- CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament: 2012
- Toulon Tournament: 2012
- Olympic Games: 2012
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