Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fernandes selected by Union in MLS Supplemental Draft

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook men's soccer senior midfielder Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) has been selected by the Philadelphia Union in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft. Stony Brook's all-time leader in points scored, Fernandes becomes the second-ever player in the program to be drafted onto an MLS team.

"We are very excited for Leo and his opportunity," Stony Brook head coachRyan Anatol said. "He has earned it. We wish him all the best."

Stony Brook men's soccer's most decorated student-athlete, Fernandes wrapped up his Stony Brook career as the program's all-time leader in points with 79. He also is third in goals (31) and third in assists (17), and he ranks first in the program's Div. I history in each category. 

In 2012 alone, Fernandes led Stony Brook with nine goals and seven assists for 25 points. He netted the game-winning goal in five of Stony Brook's 11 victories.

He is a three-time America East Midfielder of the Year and first-team All-America East recipient. In 2012, he was named Stony Brook men's soccer's first-ever All-American, grabbing second-team honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and third-team honors from College Soccer News. He also previously was named first-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region in 2011 and 2012 and third-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region in 2010.
The Philadelphia Union is managed by John Hackworth. The club finished 10-18-6 in 2012. Training camp for the team opened on Monday in Wayne, Pa. The Union's first regular season game comes March 2 against Sporting KC.

Leonardo Fernandes Career Accolades
  • 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft Pick - Philadelphia Union, fourth round
  • 2012 NSCAA All-America second team
  • 2012 College Soccer News All-America third team
  • 2012 NSCAA All-Northeast Region first team
  • 2012 Big Apple Soccer Player of the Year
  • 2012 America East Midfielder of the Year
  • 2012 All-America East first team
  • 2012 America East Championship All-Tournament team
  • 2011 America East Midfielder of the Year
  • 2011 NSCAA All-Northeast Region first team
  • 2011 All-America East first team
  • 2011 America East Championship Most Outstanding Player
  • 2011 America East Championship All-Tournament team
  • 2010 America East Midfielder of the Year
  • 2010 All-America East first team
  • 2009 America East Rookie of the Year
  • 2009 All-America East second team
  • 2009 America East All-Rookie team