Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Sebastian Fernandez, left, had the Red Bulls in fits on his MLS debut Saturday. (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press/AP)
Sebastian Fernandez, welcome to MLS.
On loan to the Vancouver Whitecaps from Uruguay's Boston River, Fernandez announced his debut with authority, firing a rocket by New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles to score in the 49th minute as part of the 'Caps' 4-1 victory over the reigning Supporters' Shield winners at BC Place. Scottish DP forward Kenny Miller accounted for two goals, while new Chilean DP Pedro Morales capped the scoring against a Red Bulls side that was playing without top defender Jamison Olave and Thierry Henry (turf precaution).
On a counterattack, Fernandez took a pass from Darren Mattocks, cut centrally while new Red Bulls defender Richard Eckersley failed to close down space and let a right-footed blast fly to the upper right-hand corner. Fernandez is certainly not shy at displaying his range, as he almost beat Robles toward the end of the first half as well. His blast from about 35 yards had to be parried over the bar. Note to future Whitecaps opponents: Don't yield Fernandez that much room.
Watch Fernandez's debut goal below:
CREDITOR: Barrett's stoppage-time winner lifts Seattle by SKC