HOW ACQUIRED: Signed a Homegrown contract with Chicago on August 28, 2014; wasn’t eligible to play for the first-team until the 2015 season.
Fernandez only played six minutes in his rookie year, but the young Homegrown midfielder – he turned 19 in February – reportedly impressed in the 2016 preseason. The trade of Harry Shipp to Montreal should open up some minutes in Chicago’s midfield, minutes Fernandez will be looking to make his own as he looks to establish himself as a creative attacker on the professional level.
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INTERNATIONAL: A US international at the U-14, U-15, U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels, Fernandez made his U-20 debut in 2015, appearing at the Stevan Vilotic-Cele tournament in Serbia in September and appearing in three games at the Four Nations Cup in Germany. Additionally, he helped the US U-18s to the title at the 2014 Vaclav Jezek international tournament in the Czech Republic.
NOTES: A graduate of the Fire Academy … Holds dual citizenship with the US and Peru … Grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois, just minutes from Toyota Park … Spent the 2013 Spring semester at the US U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.