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Leo Fernandes
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Fernandes
Date of birth (1991-12-23) 23 December 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Number 11
Youth career
Istria Met Oval
2003–2009 BW Gottschee
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Stony Brook Seawolves
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Brooklyn Knights 17 (3)
2012 Reading United 10 (0)
2013–2016 Philadelphia Union 32 (2)
2013Harrisburg City Islanders (loan) 2 (1)
2014Harrisburg City Islanders (loan) 3 (0)
2015New York Cosmos (loan) 31 (10)
2016Bethlehem Steel (loan) 14 (1)
2017– Tampa Bay Rowdies 82 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2020

Leonardo Fernandes (born December 23, 1991) is a Brazilian-American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League.

Early life

Fernandes was born in São Paulo but raised in North Babylon, New York, and played at Stony Brook University from 2009-2012. In his senior season at Stony Brook, the left-footed Fernandes started all 18 matches and led his team in goals (9) and assists (7). He was selected to the 2012 All-America East first team and named America East Midfielder of the Year for the third consecutive season. Fernandes left Stony Brook as the team's all-time leader in points scored.

Career

Philadelphia Union

On 22 January 2013, Fernandes was selected as the 62nd overall pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft by Philadelphia Union. He signed with the club on March 1, 2013.[1] Serving mostly as a reserve role for the Union for his first season, Fernandes began to break into the starting line-up during the 2014 season, scoring twice.

Harrisburg City Islanders

For the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Fernandes spent temporary stints being loaned to Philadelphia's former USL affiliate, Harrisburg City Islanders, making five appearances for the club and scoring once.

New York Cosmos

For the 2015 season, the Union sent Fernandes out on loan to experience regular minutes throughout the season. In January 2015, he signed a year long loan deal with the New York Cosmos.[2] The loan move proved successful as Fernandes became a regular starter for the Cosmos, who would go on to win the 2015 NASL Championship. Through the season he scored a career high ten goals across all competitions. His efforts were recognized, winning the 2015 NASL Young Player of the Year Award.[3]

Bethlehem Steel FC

The formation of Bethlehem Steel FC prompted the Union to have Fernandes return to the Philadelphia organization. He would become a regular starter for Steel FC with intermittent appearances for the first team. Fernandes finished the season with fourteen appearances and scoring once.

Career statistics

Club

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
US League Open Cup North America Total
2013 Philadelphia Union MLS 7 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Harrisburg City Islanders (loan) USL Pro 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
2014 Philadelphia Union MLS 13 2 2 0 0 0 15 2
Harrisburg City Islanders (loan) USL 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2015 New York Cosmos (loan) NASL 28 8 3 2 0 0 31 10
2016 Philadelphia Union MLS 12 0 3 0 0 0 15 0
Bethlehem Steel FC (loan) USL 14 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
Total US 79 12 10 2 0 0 88 14
Career total 79 12 10 2 0 0 88 14

Updated October 29, 2016

Honors

New York Cosmos

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Stony Brook's Leonardo Fernandes signs pro contract with Philadelphia Union | Soccer Long Island Magazine". Soccerlimagazine.com. 2013-03-01. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  2. ^ "Cosmos sign LI's Leo Fernandes on loan from Philadelphia Union". Newsday. January 16, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Cosmos Midfielder Leo Fernandes Wins NASL Young Player of the Year". Empire of Soccer. November 11, 2015. Retrieved 2016-10-29.