HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown player on Aug. 30, 2019, through the 2020 season with options for 2021 and 2022.
Fernandez is the 12th Homegrown player in Sporting KC's history, the first to go through the pipeline of Sporting affiliate club to Sporting Kansas City academy to Swope Park Rangers and now to the MLS first team.
OUTSIDE MLS: In 2019, he started 22 of 23 appearances, recording eight goals and three assists for Swope Park Rangers. In 2018, Hernandez played in 34 of 36 matches for the Rangers, starting 31, recording three goals and four assists from central midfield. In 2017, he made 23 appearances in his first full professional season, scoring two goals and adding three assists. Hernandez earned his professional debut in the season opening 3-1 victory over OKC Energy FC on March 25. He signed with the Swope Park Rangers as an academy signing on Aug. 18, 2016.
ACADEMY: Hernandez joined the Sporting KC Academy from Academy affiliate Sporting Nashville Heroes ahead of the 2014-15 season and quickly became a key member of the team. After training with Sporting KC in preseason in 2015, Hernandez made 27 appearances for the Under-18s in the 2015-16 Development Academy season, scoring six goals. Important strikes included one that clinched a playoff berth for the U-18s, and two in the side’s dramatic 6-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes that saw the U-18s advance to the Playoff Quarterfinals.
INTERNATIONAL: Fernandez was called in to the U.S. Under-19 National Team for the first time for the Stevan Vilotic-Cele tournament in Subotica, Serbia on Aug. 30, 2016. Appeared in all three games and earned one start. Hernandez was called in to two more U.S. Under-19 training camps in 2016: in Chulsa Vista, Calif. from Oct. 3-10 and in Sunrise, Fla. from Nov. 5-14. In early 2017, Hernandez was called into another U-19 camp for a weeklong camp in Sunrise, Fla. from Feb. 3-10. He received his first call-up to the U-20 squad for a camp in London, England from April 3-10, 2017.
NOTES: Born in Ibague, Colombia, Hernandez grew up in Nashville before moving to Kansas City when he joined the academy in 2014.