Álvaro Fernández

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Álvaro Fernández
Alvaro Fernandez Sounders-1.jpg
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Fernández Gay[1]
Date of birth (1985-10-11) 11 October 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Villa Soriano, Uruguay
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2001–2005 Uruguay Montevideo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Uruguay Montevideo 10 (1)
2006–2007 Atenas 15 (3)
2007–2008 Montevideo Wanderers 43 (3)
2008 Puebla 12 (0)
2009–2010 Nacional 10 (4)
2009 Vitória (loan) 9 (0)
2010 Universidad de Chile (loan) 11 (1)
2010–2012 Seattle Sounders FC 55 (13)
2012–2014 Chicago Fire 13 (2)
2013 Al Rayyan (loan) 5 (0)
2013 Nacional (loan) 14 (0)
2014 Gimnasia (LP) (loan) 12 (2)
2014–2016 Gimnasia (LP) 45 (3)
2016–2017 Seattle Sounders FC 23 (1)
National team
2009–2012 Uruguay 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 June 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 October 2012

Álvaro Fernández (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo ferˈnandes]; born 11 October 1985 in Villa Soriano) is a Uruguayan footballer. He last played as a midfielder for American club Seattle Sounders FC.[2]



Fernández began his career with Atenas de San Carlos. His performances for Atenas led him to sign for Montevideo Wanderers in 2007.

In his one season with Wanderers Fernández appeared in 27 league matches scoring 1 goal. In 2008, he joined Mexican side Puebla before returning to Uruguay to play for top side Nacional. In the 2009 Copa Libertadores Second Stage, Fernández scored a goal against Club Nacional of Paraguay and River Plate. While at Nacional Fernández scored several key goals in helping his side capture the 2008–09 league title.

He was then loaned out to Portuguese side Vitória in 2009. This was his first club experience outside of the Americas. In 2010, he was again loaned out to Universidad de Chile. During his stay at the club, he scored a goal in a 3–2 win at the Maracanã against Brazilian club Flamengo in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Copa Libertadores.

On 21 July 2010, rumors began circulating that Fernández had been transferred to the Seattle Sounders FC. On 29 July, the Sounders announced the signing was complete. Fernández became the third Designated Player in the team's history.[3] He made his first appearance for the Sounders on 31 July as a substitute in a 1–0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes. On 3 August, Fernández came on as a substitute and scored his first goal for the Sounders as in a 1–1 draw (2–1 aggregate score) against Isidro Metapán to get the Sounders into the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.

On 27 July 2012, Fernández was traded to the Chicago Fire for allocation money. This move opened up a DP slot for newcomer Christian Tiffert.[4] He signed a 6-month long loan deal with Qatari club Al Rayyan on 16 January 2013.[5]

Fernández was again loaned out by Chicago on 9 July 2013 when he returned to his former club Nacional.[6]


Fernandez and Kevin-Prince BoatengUruguay-Ghana, 2010 World Cup.

Fernández made his first international appearance for Uruguay on 1 April 2009. He came on as a substitute in the 40th minute during a World Cup qualifying match against Chile, which ended as a 0–0 draw. He has won 11 caps for the Uruguay national football team. During qualification Fernández played in 6 games and played 246 minutes, 41 minutes per game. Fernández played for Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa appearing in 4 matches helping Uruguay to a 4th-place finish.

Personal life[edit]

During the week of 6 September 2010, Fernández's wife gave birth to a baby boy, whom they named Bobby Valentino.

Fernández received a U.S. green card in March 2012.[7] This qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.


Club Nacional de Football
Seattle Sounders FC
Al Rayyan SC


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