Revolution Preparing for Excellent Houston Dynamo Midfield
“Excellent midfield. This [Héctor] Herrera is going to be one of the best players in the league."
The New England Revolution are preparing for their 2023 home opener against the Houston Dynamo and they aren’t expecting an easy match.
Houston is coming off a 2-1 loss to an improved FC Cincinatti squad that will be a challenger in the Eastern Conference. Even with the loss, the Dynamo have some players that will catch the attention of Revolution fans.
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Mexican National Team veteran Hector Herrera leads the way in the midfield alongside MLS veteran Artur. Herrera assisted on Houston’s lone goal against Cincy with a beautiful corner kick. The 32-year-old had 121 touches while completing 82 percent of his passes. Herrera also created three chances and secured four interceptions.
Revolution head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena had high praise for the Mexican midfielder ahead of Saturday’s matchup against the Dynamo.
“Excellent midfield,” Arena said of Houston. “This [Héctor] Herrera is going to be one of the best players in the league. I was very impressed with his game against Cincinnati. Their midfield play is outstanding, so we’re going to have to do a good job in the midfield. They had a good game. Cincinnati is a good team and had a good tough game in Cincinnati, at times controlled the play, so they’re going to be a real difficult team on Saturday.”
Midfielder Matt Polster also spoke about preparing to go up against Houston and mentioned that New England will look to control the tempo of the game and limit the time that the Dynamo midfield has on the ball.
“Yeah, I looked at a couple of clips and you know, when you look at Houston, you can tell that their midfield is quite dynamic and they they're very good on the ball [Adalberto] Carrasquilla, [Hector] Herrera and Artur obviously, you know, those guys have a lot of experience within not just the league but in the world,” said Polster. “And for that, you know, we have to be ready from the start and make sure that we control the tempo of the game because I know they're going to want to have the ball and if we can limit that, I think will we'll see ourselves getting three points on the weekend.”
New England will be looking to make history against Houston. If they defeat the Dynamo on Saturday, it will be the first time that the club has won their first two games of the season.
Boasting an impressive midfield, the Dynamo will look to make it difficult for the Revolution to secure three points, but Polster and the rest of New England’s roster seems up for the challenge.