Philadelphia Union loan Leo Fernandes to New York Cosmos

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Reinforcements keep on coming for the New York Cosmos.

The club announced a year-long loan deal with the Philadelphia Union that will bring Stony Brook University product Leo Fernandes back to New York.

“I’m excited to play in New York, I went to school there and have a lot of friends in the area,” Fernandes said in a club statement. “This is a great opportunity for me to play with a team that has an attacking philosophy and the Cosmos really impressed me when we [the Union] faced them in the Open Cup.”

Fernandes, 23, joined the Union as the 63rd pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft [supplemental].  The Brazilian-American midfielder can play as a central distributor or on either flank.  He is a New York City product, training at the Metropolitan Oval as a youth player before moving on to the Blau Weiss Gottschee system.  Fernandes was part of the Brooklyn Knights in the PDL before joining the Union in 2013 as well.

Struggling to find a place within the Union, Philadelphia loaned Fernandes to Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Pro.  That loan deal expired late August of last year.

In an interesting twist, Fernandes saw extended minutes as a late sub against the Cosmos in last year’s Open Cup ouster.

Fernandes will find plenty of competition within the Cosmos roster this coming season.  At his natural midfield spot, El Salvador captain Andres Flores will be vying for minutes against the loanee.  Meanwhile, Hagop Chirishian and Sebastian Guenzatti will present his main competition on the wings if that is the area team coach Giovanni Savarese envisions for the player.

“Leo is a good addition to our squad,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He’s been training with a lot of our players throughout the offseason and we expect him to fit right in as a good attacking option for us.”

Fernandes is a three-time America East Midfielder of the Year and first-team All-America East recipient. Fernandes is also the first Stony Brook Men’s soccer player to receive All-American honors, and only the third player to make the professional ranks through the University.

 

  • NYCsportspunk

    I hoped this would happen, even suggested he be signed a couple of years ago, but he got drafted in that Super Duper MLS draft.