Sporting Kansas City signed midfielder Felipe Hernandez as the 12th Homegrown Player in club history on Aug. 30, 2019. Hernandez is the first-ever Sporting player to progress from an Academy Affiliate club to the Sporting KC Academy to the Swope Park Rangers before signing with the senior team. Before signing with the first team, he starred for the Sporting KC Academy from 2014-2017 and for the Rangers from 2017-2019.
2019: MLS regular season: Started one of two appearances (95 minutes played). Earned his MLS debut as a second-half substitute on Sept. 7 at the Portland Timbers. Earned his first MLS start at FC Dallas on Oct. 6. Concacaf Champions League: Did not feature. Open Cup: Did not feature.
2019: USL Championship: Started 22 of 23 appearances, recording eight goals and three assists (1,990 minutes played). Scored the first Swope Park Rangers goal of the season on March 9 vs. New York Red Bulls II. On April 6 vs. Bethlehem Steel FC, he assisted Jerome Ngom Mbekeli's first of two goals. Assisted Alexsander's goal at Saint Louis FC on April 27. Got the scoring started vs. Louisville City FC in the Ranger's first win of the season on May 6. He scored in his homecoming game vs. Nashville SC on May 11. Made it three games in a row by scoring in the second minute vs. Atlanta United 2 on May 19. Got back into scoring form when he scored a goal from long range vs. Loudoun United on June 5. Netted the equalizing goal of the post vs. Charleston Battery on June 22. Put the Rangers ahead of Saint Louis FC with a goal from outside the box on June 30th. Started the scoring against Hartford after stealing the ball and putting it past the Hartford Athletic goalkeeper on July 17th. Assisted Ze Pedro's goal against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on August 10.
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.
Sporting KC 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.