Fernandes signs pro contract with Philadelphia Union

Leonardo Fernandes

March 1, 2013

PHILADELPHIA - Former Stony Brook men's soccer star Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Union and earned a spot on its roster, the club announced Friday prior to its Saturday regular season opener.

Fernandes, who was selected by the Union in the fourth round of the MLS Supplemental Draft, is the third Seawolves player to make an MLS roster, joining Michael Palacio and Chris Megaloudis, who were both members of the New York Red Bulls in 2008. Megaloudis appeared in one game, but Palacio did not.

Stony Brook men's soccer's most decorated student-athlete, Fernandes wrapped up his Stony Brook career as the program's all-time leader in points with 79. He also is third in goals (31) and third in assists (17), and he ranks first in the program's Div. I history in each category.

In 2012 alone, Fernandes led Stony Brook with nine goals and seven assists for 25 points. He netted the game-winning goal in five of Stony Brook's 11 victories.

He is a three-time America East Midfielder of the Year and first-team All-America East recipient. In 2012, he was named Stony Brook men's soccer's first-ever All-American, grabbing second-team honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and third-team honors from College Soccer News. He also previously was named first-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region in 2011 and 2012 and third-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region in 2010.

Fernandes will wear No. 22 for the Union. The season opener is Saturday against Sporting KC at PPL Park at 4 p.m.