Gata Fernandez Brings Wing Play and Some Baggage
Argentine forward Gaston Fernandez's move to MLS was a widely spread rumors according to many in the know a few days ago. On Monday, the former River Plate and San Lorenzo man looked to rescind a contract with three more years that he had with Estudiantes in order to make his move to MLS this winter.
Club president Enrique Lombardi confirmed the news on Twitter after a meeting with the player and he is now bound to Portland to join fellow countrymen Diego Valeri and Maximiliano Urruti next season. Fernandez signed a one-year contract with the Timbers and in his negotiations with the club he had to give back US$500 thousand in order to leave his current contract.
Fernandez served a four-month suspension and Estudiantes has to pay US$800 thousand fine after the player signed a contract with the Argentine side while he was still a member of Mexican side Tigres. The contract was signed without the permission of his current club at the time and part of the money that was given back by the player will go to paying off that penalty.
Estudiantes also keep the player's rights in Argentina should he decide to return to play in the Argentine league. Fernandez, 30, is a quick and very technical forward that tends to play more on the wings and offer some problems to teams who have outside backs that tend to get a little too high or do not defend very well, especially when he attacks from the left.
He also bring s a great deal of experience having played in Mexico for both Regiomontano sides- Monterrey and Tigres.
He won the Super Liga with Monterrey in 2009 and then was part of the Copa Libertadores side in Estudiantes that defeated Cruzeiro later that year; he also played in the Club World Cup where El Pincha played FC Barcelona in the final.
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