Portland Timbers and attacker Gaston Fernandez mutually agree to part ways

The Portland Timbers and attacker Gaston Fernandez mutually parted ways, the club announced via press release on Monday evening. Per league and club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We would like to thank Gastón for his contributions to the club the past two seasons,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager of the Timbers, in the release. “We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

Fernandez, who originally signed with the Timbers on Jan. 15, 2014, appeared in 53 games (23 starts), recording nine goals and four assists in his two seasons with Portland. During the 2014 season, Fernández recorded 12 goals in all competitions for the Timbers, including games in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League tournament and Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

However, with the additions of Fanendo Adi and Lucas Melano over the last 12 months, Fernandez had fallen down the depth chart and was finding playing time to be a scarce commodity.

“I’ve enjoyed coaching Gaston and have appreciated his contributions and commitment to the club,” said Caleb Porter, head coach of the Timbers.

This season, Fernández appeared in 21 games (6 starts), recording two goals and two assists, while also logging two appearances in the 2015 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. 

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