A native of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa, Fernandes has played more than 150 matches during a six-year professional career in Portugal. He has spent each of the previous five seasons in the Portuguese first division, including the 2016-17 Primeira Liga campaign with Belenenses.
2017: Was named the club's Offensive Player of the Year and won the Sporting KC Golden Boot as the team's top scorer, notching eight goals in MLS and 10 across all competitions. MLS regular season: Started 26 of 32 matches, recording eight goals and two assists (2238 minutes played). Made his MLS debut in a 0-0 draw at D.C. United on March 4. Opened his MLS scoring account with the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on April 9. Scored the final goal in a 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake on April 29. Helped create both goals in a 2-2 draw at Orlando City SC on May 13. Scored a sensational second-half hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC on May 17, becoming the first Sporting KC player to score an MLS hat-trick since October 2010. It was also the seventh MLS hat-trick in club history and the first at Children's Mercy Park. Scored Sporting's only goal in a 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact on June 10. Scored a stunning goal in the late stages of a 2-0 win over FC Dallas on Aug. 19. Tallied the equalizing goal and game-winning assist in a 3-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Sept. 16. Open Cup: Started and played 78 minutes in a 4-0 fourth-round win over Minnesota United FC on June 14, scoring the second goal of the night before assisting Dom Dwyer's late strike. Played 90 minutes and scored a last minute goal to seal a 2-0 victory against Houston Dynamo on June 28. Started and played 85 minutes in a 3-0 quarterfinal win over FC Dallas on July 11. Started and played 77 minutes in a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over the San Jose Earthquakes following a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time on Aug. 9. Started and played 56 minutes in a 2-1 Open Cup Final victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 20. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started and played 51 minutes in a 1-0 extra-time loss at the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Knockout Round on Oct. 26.
Fernandes, a left-footed winger, started nine of 14 Primeira Liga appearances for Belenenses, recording four assists as well as the game-winning goal against Maritimo on Dec. 10, 2016. He also contributed one assist in three domestic cup matches, featuring in the 2016-17 Taça de Portugal and the 2016-17 Taça da Liga.
Prior to joining Belenenses, Fernandes appeared more than 100 times for Estoril between 2011-2016. He helped clinch promotion to the Primera Liga in his first year with the club, playing 21 matches en route to the 2011-12 Segunda Liga title. He facilitated Estoril’s transition to the top flight over the next two seasons, recording four assists in 43 Primera Liga appearances and playing six games in the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Fernandes went on loan to Moreirense for the 2014-15 campaign, netting a career-high six goals in all competitions while leading the newly promoted club to an 11th place finish in the 18-team Primeira Liga. He returned to Estoril the following year, notching two goals and four assists while starting 30 league matches during the 2015-16 season.