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Timbers acquire Lixa MX striker Fernandez

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The Portland Timbers acquired forward Brian Fernandez from Liga MX side Necaxa as their designated player on Monday.

The reported transfer fee of $10 to $12 million would set a record for the MLS club.

Fernandez, 24, has 18 goals and five assists in 32 appearance since joining Necaxa in 2018.

“We are delighted to sign a player of Brian Fernandez’ caliber, at a stage in his career where we feel he is already a proven player yet still has his best years in front of him and room to grow as a player,” said Timbers general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson in a statement.

The Argentinian previously spent time in top flights in his home country (Racing Club) and in Chile (Union La Calera) and France (FC Metz).

The Timbers (3-5-1, 10 points) are currently in ninth place in the MLS Western Conference standings. They have scored 13 goals in nine matches.

Fernandez is expected to play in the center or on the right wing in the 4-2-3-1 alignment alongside Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco and Jeremy Ebobisse.

“We are very pleased to welcome Brian Fernandez to our team,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “Brian is a player who possesses many different attacking qualities that can cause issues for the opposition. He has shown the ability to unlock defenses and score goals in a variety of ways throughout his career, and, while we view him as a forward with our immediate group, his versatility and ability to play in different positions and systems gives us further tactical flexibility and options.”

In a separate transaction Monday, Portland traded Costa Rican midfielder David Guzman to Columbus Crew SC in exchange for an international roster slot.

–Field Level Media

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