SEATTLE — When Uruguay go out to attempt to make history by defeating Paraguay to get a record 15th Copa América title on Sunday, one person in Major League Soccer will have a very vested interest.
After helping los Charrúas to a fourth-place finish in the 2010 World Cup, Seattle Sounders winger Álvaro Fernández is a little disappointed that he couldn’t be in the squad for what could be a historic occasion.
“Without a doubt [I’m disappointed],” Fernández told MLSsoccer.com following a 7-0 loss in a friendly against Manchester United on Wednesday. “I had the hope of being there. Honestly, I was very close [to joining the team], but I had a bit of bad luck of getting injured, so now I’m on the outside looking in.”
The injury Fernández talks about occurred last year and caused him a severe drop in form, which in turn led to his exclusion for manager Óscar Tabárez’s roster.
Still, Fernández hopes Uruguay win the Copa América and is anxiously awaiting Sunday to sit glued to the TV and cheer on his teammates from afar.
“It’s a beautiful to see Uruguay back in a Copa América final,” he said. “If we’re lucky enough to win it, we’ll be the team that has won it the most, so we’ll have to wish my country and teammates good luck and a great game on Sunday.”
Fernández has a solid relationship with his teammates and knows for a fact that the team has a calm mind set going into what promises to be an exciting final against Paraguay.
“I talk to all of them every day,” said Fernández. “I’m informed of what they do. They’re confident and have a lot of faith in themselves.”
However, the midfielder wouldn’t dare predict the result.
“No, an Uruguay-Paraguay [match] is too difficult to predict,” he said. “They’re two teams that play very well, have a lot of fight.”