A teammate of Sebastian Guenzatti's during his tenure under Coach Balsamo for Brooklyn Knights, Leo Fernandes was born in São Paulo but raised in North Babylon, New York, and played at Stony Brook University from 2009-2012. In his senior season at Stony Brook, the left-footed Fernandes started all 18 matches and led his team in goals and assists. He was selected to the 2012 All-America East first team and named America East Midfielder of the Year for the third consecutive season. Fernandes left Stony Brook as the team's all-time leader in points scored.
On 22 January 2013, Fernandes was selected as the 62nd overall pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft by Philadelphia Union. He signed with the club on March 1, 2013.Serving mostly as a reserve role for the Union for his first season, Fernandes began to break into the starting line-up during the 2014 season, scoring twice.
For the 2015 season, the Union sent Fernandes out on loan to experience regular minutes throughout the season. In January 2015, he signed a year long loan deal with the New York Cosmos. The loan move proved successful as Fernandes became a regular starter for the Cosmos, who would go on to win the 2015 NASL Championship. Through the season he scored a career high ten goals across all competitions. His efforts were recognized, winning the 2015 NASL Young Player of the Year Award. The formation of Bethlehem Steel FC prompted the Union to have Fernandes return to the Philadelphia organization. He would become a regular starter for Steel FC with intermittent appearances for the first team. Fernandes finished the season with fourteen appearances and scoring once.
PLACE OF BIRTH: SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
NASL CHAMPION / YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NY COSMOS 2015
2010 – 2011 Brooklyn Knights (17 apps. / 3 goals) |
2013 – 2016 Philadelphia Union (32 apps. / 2 goals)
2015 – NY Cosmos (31 apps. / 10 goals) | 2017 – Present Tampa Bay Rowdies (41 apps. / 3 goals)