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He preferred money but Gerardo Martino will still call him to Mexico National Team

He earns millions but his performance would have decreased.

Gerardo 'Tata' Martino looks concerned while wearing the Mexican national team red jacket.
Gerardo 'Tata' Martino looks concerned while wearing the Mexican national team red jacket.

Mexico National Team hasn’t secured their ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, something they will try to do in the upcoming CONCACAF Qualifiers match window, when they receive USMNT in Estadio Azteca on a game that will mark the standings of the confederation.

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Gerardo “Tata” Martino knows that the game to be played on March 24 will be one of the toughest he’ll have with El Tri, as it won’t only define his future with the Aztec squad, but also could break the recent hegemony of the Bars and Stripes over El Tri, as they’ve won the last three games they’ve played.

That’s why Martino won’t try to risk a thing and has decided to call most of the players he usually has on his roster, even if they haven’t showed that they have what it takes to be part of a national team, like Rogelio Funes Mori or Julio César “Cata” Domínguez.

“Tata” will also call Héctor Herrera, who even if is starting to regain the protagonist role he deserved in Atlético Madrid, has decided to leave La Liga at the end of the season to join MLS side Houston Dynamo, in a controversial decision that will benefit his bank account but might detriment his career.

How much will Herrera earn in MLS?

The decision of not renewing his contract with Atlético Madrid, club where he arrived in 2019 as a free agent too, arrived in the middle of his resurgence as an essential player for Diego “Cholo” Simeone and the aspirations of the Colchoneros in Champions League.

Since returning to the starting XI, Herrera has played four straight games in which Atlético is unbeaten, and Simeone even said that they were doing wrong to Herrera by leaving him on the bench, although his decision of giving him more playing time arrived too late.

Instead, Herrera agreed to arrive over the summer to MLS, in a two-year contract with option of adding a third year, which will tie him to Houston Dynamo at least until 2024. The main reason he agreed to arrive in Houston is the $6.5 million he’ll earn per season.

Herrera’s stint in Europe

Héctor Herrera started his European journey in 2013, when Porto FC acquired him from CF Pachuca for $12.5 million. The Mexico international played six seasons with the Dragões Azuis before leaving Portugal in 2019 as a free agent to join Atlético Madrid.

So far, in the nine years he’s played in Europe, Herrera has played 317 games with both Porto and Atlético. In Primeira Liga, he played a total of 245 games, where he scored 35 goals and had the same number of assistances. In La Liga he’s played 72 matches, while scoring just one goal and assisting two times.

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