Real Salt Lake’s eye towards the future was bolstered in 2012 with the signing of promising goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez as the club’s third-ever Homegrown Player. The 20-year-old Homegrown goalkeeper didn’t see any MLS league action in the 2013 season but continued his development through the Reserve League. The El Paso-native featured in six Real Salt Lake Reserves games, earning the start five times. The Real Salt Lake Reserves posted a 2-2-2 record when Fernandez featured for the side.
Look for the 21-year-old goalkeeper to continue grow through the 2014 season, training alongside RSL veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando and backup ‘keeper Jeff Attinella.
RSL: Signed to a Homegrown Player contract on Feb. 24, 2012
2013: Made no first-team appearances … Played in six Real Salt lake Reserve games, earning the start five times … The Real Salt Lake Reserves posted a 2-2-2 record with Fernandez between the pipes for the Claret-and-Cobalt
2012: Didn’t make any first-team appearances for Real Salt Lake … Broke his wrist in July 2012, keeping him out of goalkeeping activities for the remainder of the calendar year … Appeared in one Reserve League match, coming on in the 67th minute for Kyle Reynish and not giving up any goals in the RSL Reserves’ 3-0 loss to the FC Dallas Reserves on April 17 ….
2011: After initially agreeing to play collegiately at the University of Wisconsin, Fernandez changed course and tested the international waters, first spending a training stint with Mexican first division side Atlas – based in his birthplace of Guadalajara – before signing with Uruguayan power C.A. Peñarol in August … Made several appearances in with the Peñarol reserve team …
U.S./Mexico Youth National Teams Has represented both the United States and Mexico on the youth level, playing for the Mexican U-17’s and training with the U.S. U-20’s in November 2011 … Has not been called in for either country on the senior level and has yet to commit to either the U.S. or Mexico
Fernandez helped the RSL-AZ Academy U-18’s begin its first season in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy in October 2010, going 5-3-3 (1.00 GAA, 4 shutouts) in 11 appearances through the spring of 2011
Given first name is Eduardo … Goalkeeping runs in his family – his father was a longtime professional ‘keeper in the Mexican First Division …