Fernandez Traded to Chicago Fire


Photo: Melissa Brassard

Uruguay international Alvaro Fernandez is now a Chicago Fire player.

Just before 2pm on Friday, Sounders FC announced the midfielder’s trade to the Fire in exchange for allocation money.

“We would like to thank Alvaro for his contributions to the club over the last two years and wish him well in the next chapter of his career with the Fire,” said Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer in a noticeably short statement in the club release.

The move will bring back memories of the trade of another Designated Player Freddie Ljungberg who was handed to the Illinois club when he became surplus to requirements in Seattle.

The move opens a Designated Player slot for Sounders FC, which may be filled by Kaiserslautern’s Christian Tiffert according to morning reports in the German press, reports now confirmed by his agent.

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Club Release:

Seattle Sounders FC has traded midfielder Alvaro Fernandez to the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money, the club announced today.

“We would like to thank Alvaro for his contributions to the club over the last two years and wish him well in the next chapter of his career with the Fire,” said Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer.

Fernandez, 26, joined Sounders FC midway through the 2010 season. In his two and a half seasons in MLS, Fernandez has scored 13 goals with three assists in 55 matches (starting 38). He was second on the club with nine goals in 2011 and has scored twice in the 2012 campaign. He added three goals and five assists in CONCACAF Champions League play, including the winner in Seattle’s historic win at CF Monterrey on August 23, 2011. Overall, Fernandez scored 16 goals and 10 assists in all competitions for Sounders FC.

Fernandez has been capped 11 times by Uruguay and made four appearances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He began his professional career in Uruguay with Atenas in 2006 and joined Montevideo Wanderers a year later. He also played for Mexico’s Puebla, Uruguay’s Nacional, Portugal’s Vitoria Setubal and on loan with Chile’s Universidad before signing with MLS in the summer of 2010.

Sounders FC returns to MLS action on Saturday with a road match against the Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Transaction: Seattle Sounders (MLS) – Traded MF Alvaro Fernandez to Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money.

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    • Bgix,

      It’s a good move anyway. Fernandez never lived up to the DP tag and the responsibility it initiates. He was played off the team by first David Estrada and then Alex Caskey. The late foul against Sporting Kansas was the fullest proof that he didn’t always make smart choices.

      That said, if he excels in Chicago, good luck to him.

  1. Tangerine Dream on

    Certainly the Sounders never got the best out of this guy for whatever reason. You can’t be a bad player if you played for Uruguay in the World Cup.

    • I am not so sure TD. Uruguay has a population of just 3 million. The odds are that once in a while they will produce 7/8 great players at once and make a run to the semis. The odds are then, that there will be a distinct drop-off in talent to round out the squad.

      Fernandez may have fallen into the latter group. After all, remember that great Danish side of the 80s? How good were the players down in squad numbers 21-24?

      Or closer to your heart, the Northern Ireland side of 1982? Look at the fringes of that squad.

      • and here they are. A 17-year-old Whiteside apart, these guys are very pedestrian:

        Northern Ireland squad 1982 – 14-22

        14 MD Thomas Cassidy 18 Nov 1950 Burnley (ENG)
        15 MD Thomas Finney 06 Nov 1952 Cambridge (ENG)
        16 FW Norman Whiteside 07 May 1965 Manchester United (ENG)
        17 GK Jim Platt 26 Jan 1951 Middlesbrough (ENG)
        18 FW John Jameson 11 Mar 1958 Glentoran FC
        19 MD Patrick Healy 27 Sep 1955 Coleraine FC
        20 MD James Cleary 27 May 1956 Glentoran FC
        21 FW Robert Campbell 13 Sep 1956 Bradford City (ENG)
        22 GK George Dunlop 16 Jan 1956 Linfield FC

  2. I agree with arjaylee. Especially if he can help Andy Rose mature. For me, Rose is a going to be a special midfielder that has had a lot asked of him very early in his career and he has improved in every game that I have seen. Let him learn from a similar player who has played in a top league and in a few years Rose could be driving ticket sales.

    If Tiffert is as advertised what a backbone the sounders will have: Parke-Alonso-Tiffert. Might be the baddest spine in MLS.

    • Thanks for that idea Beerme,

      Then we can have a pointless argument about which is the real Rose City too as well as the real Soccer City! Thanks so much for that Bazza 😉

      On another point, if Sounders indeed have this ‘baddest spine’, can we dispense with this drivel that they are angels fighting to preserve beautiful soccer in a league of hammer throwers?

  3. I think it pretty much showed through his play he didn’t want to be here anymore through his on field antics and lack of production. He may also still be struggling with the non-calls of his diving antics which drive Sigi nuts. The DP’s that have left do all have one thing in common of not always agreeing with the coach. Let’s hope Tiffert brings something new to the table. Let the German era begin.!

    • HT,

      My view is that your analysis is pretty accurate. All I can say is, I always feel vindicated when I find out Adrian, Sigi and Chris agree with us. Has Prost not been saying for some length of time, that Fernandez did not contribute to the level of his salary and DP status?