Fernandez had an injury shortened rookie season, breaking his wrist in July 2012 and missing the rest of the year due to injury. The 20-year-old Mexican-American finally got back to goalkeeping activities in the 2013 preseason and will start the year as RSL’s fourth ‘keeper behind Nick Rimando, Josh Saunders and Jeff Attinella.
The 6-foot-3, 170 lb. El Paso, Texas native will look to prove himself in the expanded 2013 Reserve League, which should provide him with plenty of opportunities to impress. Expect the RSL-Arizona Academy graduate to improve greatly in 2013 as he continues his development.
RSL: Signed to a Homegrown Player contract on Feb. 24, 2012
2012: Didn’t make any first-team appearances for Real Salt Lake … Broke his wrist in July 2012, keeping him out of goalkeeping activities for the remainder of the calendar year … Appeared in one Reserve League match, coming on in the 67th minute for Kyle Reynish and not giving up any goals in the RSL Reserves’ 3-0 loss to the FC Dallas Reserves on April 17 ….
2011: After initially agreeing to play collegiately at the University of Wisconsin, Fernandez changed course and tested the international waters, first spending a training stint with Mexican first division side Atlas – based in his birthplace of Guadalajara – before signing with Uruguayan power C.A. Peñarol in August … Made several appearances in with the Peñarol reserve team …
Has represented both the United States and Mexico on the youth level, playing for the Mexican U-17’s and training with the U.S. U-20’s in November 2011 … Has not been called in for either country on the senior level and has yet to commit to either the U.S. or Mexico …
Fernandez helped the RSL-AZ Academy U-18’s begin its first season in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy in October 2010, going 5-3-3 (1.00 GAA, 4 shutouts) in 11 appearances through the spring of 2011
Given first name is Eduardo … Goalkeeping runs in his family – his father was a longtime professional ‘keeper in the Mexican First Division …