Fernandes making big impact in the MLS

Leonardo Fernandes

March 26, 2014

Hard work pays off: Philadelphia Union's Leo Fernandes turning heads after strong start to 2014 (MLSSoccer.com)
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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Former Stony Brook men's soccer All-American Leonardo Fernandes made headlines in the MLS world last week as the second-year player for the Philadelphia Union notched his first career assist on March 15 and then scored his first career goal last Saturday.

Fernandes was the subject of two MLSSoccer.com stories in the last 10 days; the first chronicled how he found out just hours before Philadelphia's home opener that he was to start. Then the second story focused on Fernandes working hard in the offseason to set himself up for success.

Fernandes is in his second season with the Union. He was selected 62nd overall in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft and made the team out of preseason camp. He went on to appear in seven matches last season, earning three starts. After another fantastic preseason, he made the squad in 2014 and has put himself in position to continue contributing.

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.

Fernandes 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.