Mexico’s Herrera thriving in new role
Mexico's Hector Herrera (#16) heads the ball during a FIFA Confederations Cup match against Portugal on June 18, 2017, in Kazan, Russia. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

SOCHI, Russia – Hector Herrera says that he is comfortable playing in a new position.

And that’s a great thing for Mexico

Earlier this month, the 27-year-old Porto star excelled as the Tricolor’s holding midfielder in a pair of home World Cup qualifiers – a 3-0 win v Honduras on June 8 and a 1-1 home stalemate v the United States three days later.

He then featured in the same role as Mexico rallied twice for a 2-2 draw against Portugal in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup opener for each on Sunday.

“I’m focused to give the best of myself in the national team,” said Herrera during a press conference Tuesday.  “I like this position enough and I have to forget a little bit about attacking.  Now I have more possession of the ball, which is what I like the most.  The coach tells me things in order to continue improving and learning.”

Next up for Herrera and the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion is a date with New Zealand on Wednesday.  In six all-time matches between them, Mexico owns a 5W-0D-1L record.  Don’t expect the Tricolor, however, to be complacent or overconfident at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.

“Now, we are focused on our rival, which is New Zealand,” Herrera finished.  “Now, we believe that this is the most difficult duel.”