The former Necaxa star is signed on a club-record transfer and will be expected to boost Portland's attack.

By 90Min
May 07, 2019

The Portland Timbers have finally secured the signing of Argentine forward Brian Fernandez, after months of speculation surrounding the 24-year-old Necaxa star.

According to MLS's official website, the deal is worth somewhere between $10m-$12m, smashing the club's previous transfer record of $5.2m spent on Sebastian Blanco in 2016. 

Timbers general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson was quoted as saying: “We are delighted to sign a player of Brian Fernandez’s caliber, at a stage in his career where we feel he is already a proven player yet still has his best years in front of him and room to grow as a player. 

“Brian has demonstrated the ability to overcome adversity during his career and his commitment to the game, his family and his belief in his ability has helped him develop into an exciting, highly skilled attacking threat with very good clubs in multiple leagues. He is a quality player and will add a different look to our team, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Portland.”

Portland had been linked with many attacking players from around the world in their search for a third designated player, but decided on Fernandez due to his versatility and potential ability to play alongside fellow stars Diego Valeri, Blanco and Jeremy Ebobisse. 

Fernandez joined Liga MX side Necaxa in 2018, scoring 18 goals and providing five assists in 32 appearances for the club. He started his career in his home country of Argentina with Racing Club before loan deals sent him to France, Chile and Mexico, where he has played the best football of his career. 

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