Felipe Hernandez

Felipe Hernandez
Felipe Hernandez
Felipe Hernandez
Real Name: Felipe Hernandez
HT: 5' 7" WT: 135
Age: 20 (06/08/1998)
Birthplace: Ibague, Colombia
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

2018: Hernandez played in 34 of 36 matches for the Rangers, starting 31, recording three goals and four assists from central midfield. He recorded his first assist in a 4-2 home win over Seattle Sounders FC 2 on March 24 and added his second in a 2-2 draw on the road at Phoenix Rising FC on April 21. Hernandez scored his first goal of the campaign with the game-winner at Seattle Sounders FC 2 on July 5 before adding another strike in the 2-1 road loss to Orange County SC on Aug. 4. He recorded the game-winning assist in a 2-1 home win over San Antonio FC on Aug. 25 before closing out the regular season with a stunning one goal and two assists performance against LA Galaxy II during a 5-1 victory at Children’s Mercy Park on Oct. 14. Hernandez played every minute for the Rangers in the USL Cup Playoffs as the side were eliminated in the Western Conference Semifinals by Phoenix Rising FC.

2017: Made 23 appearances in his first full professional season, scoring two goals and adding three assists. Hernandez earned his professional debut in the season opening 3-1 victory over OKC Energy FC on March 25. He scored his first career goal with a free kick in a 4-1 defeat to Reno 1868 FC on July 30 before tallying his first assist in a 2-0 win over OKC on September 2. Hernandez recorded his second goal of the season – also from a direct free kick – in a 5-2 victory versus San Antonio FC on September 17. He recorded single assists in the following two games, helping set up goals in wins over Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on September 23 and LA Galaxy II on September 27. Hernandez appeared in all four games during the USL Cup Playoffs, starting the Western Conference Quarterfinal and Semifinal victories over Phoenix Rising FC and Sacramento Republic FC. In addition, Hernandez was called up to Sporting KC on a short-term loan for the club’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fifth Round match against the Houston Dynamo on June 28, but was an unused substitute in the 2-0 win.

2016: Signed with the Swope Park Rangers as an Academy signing on Aug. 18. Did not make an appearance but was included on the bench in the 1-1 draw with Saint Louis FC on Aug. 21.

SKC Academy: Hernandez joined the Sporting KC Academy from Academy affiliate Sporting Nashville Heroes ahead of the 2014-15 season and quickly became a key member of the team. After training with Sporting KC in preseason in 2015, Hernandez made 27 appearances for the Under-18s in the 2015-16 Development Academy season, scoring six goals. Important strikes included one that clinched a playoff berth for the U-18s, and two in the side’s dramatic 6-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes that saw the U-18s advance to the Playoff Quarterfinals.

International: Called in to the U.S. Under-19 National Team for the first time for the Stevan Vilotic-Cele tournament in Subotica, Serbia on Aug. 30, 2016. Appeared in all three games and earned one start. Hernandez was called in to two more U.S. Under-19 training camps in 2016: in Chulsa Vista, Calif. from Oct. 3-10 and in Sunrise, Fla. from Nov. 5-14. In early 2017, Hernandez was called into another U-19 camp for a weeklong camp in Sunrise, Fla. from Feb. 3-10. He received his first call-up to the U-20 squad for a camp in London, England from April 3-10, 2017.

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