Philadelphia Union signed Mexican forward Cristhian Hernandez on March 5, 2011 as the club’s third Homegrown Player.
2012: Played in 2 games totaling 26 minutes. He made his MLS regular season debut March 18th in the 71st minute against the Colorado Rapids. Hernandez made his only other appearance on April 28, 2012 against San Jose. After the season Hernandez joined the La Liga team Real Sociedad for a training assignment.
2011: In his first unofficial appearance for Philadelphia Union, Hernandez scored the lone goal in Union’s 1-0 defeat of Everton F.C. in front of a packed PPL Park… Scored 16 goals in 26 appearances for his club team, Players Development Academy… Named the U-17/18 Development Academy Player of the Year by U.S. Soccer… Honored as a NJ Star Ledger First Team All-Prep player… Named to the U-17/18 Development Academy Starting IX and East Conferences Starting XI… Scored 16 goals while leading St. Benedicts Prep to the school’s seventh national Championship.
A graduate of the Union Academy, Hernandez previously made appearances in Reserve League matches, as well as a first-team friendly against Everton, in which he scored the game-winner in a 1-0 win on July 21, 2011.
The 2011 US Soccer U-17/U-18 Development Academy Player of the Year, Hernandez netted 16 goals in 26 appearances for his club team, Players Development Academy (PDA), a Youth Development Affiliate of the Union. In helping PDA to a 7-2-1 divisional record and the top spot in the Liberty Division, Hernandez also earned U-17/U-18 Development Academy Starting XI and Eastern Conference Starting XI honors.
Hernandez attended St. Benedict’s Prep, where he helped lead the squad to a 24-0 record, a number one ranking and the school’s seventh national championship in 2011. Named to the NJ Star Ledger’s All-Prep First Team, Hernandez was also honored as an ESPN High School All-New Jersey State selection as well as one of ESPN’s Top 10 soccer recruits in the country.