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Aaron Herrera

In 2016, right back Aaron Herrera played a vital role as FC Tucson secured the No.1-seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

After missing the first half of the 2017 season, the New Mexico Lobo returns to Tucson to help ensure another playoff run is in the cards.

Herrera joins the squad after representing the United States at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea, joining Thomas Olsen as the second FC Tucson player ever to do so.

The U.S. won their group in the knockout stage, but would fall to eventual Cup finalists Venezuela in the Quarterfinals on penalties.

“Playing against some of the top competition in the world is definitely eye opening,” Herrera said of the quality in the tournament. “As far as off the pitch, getting to experience all the different cultures and people there with your teammates is probably the best part.”

In his sophomore campaign, Herrera helped New Mexico record nine shutouts on the season as the school took home a Conference-USA Tournament Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament, where they’d eventually be knocked out in the Second Round.

When asked about his PDL intentions in Tucson this year, the answer is clear.

“The goal this year is to win it. We’re tired of getting to the final and losing, so we’ve gotta keep getting good results, and win it in the end.”

FC Tucson takes the field next this Saturday as they take on San Diego Zest FC at 7 p.m. in Kino North Stadium.

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