AUSTIN, TX (April 21, 2021) Austin Bold FC announced today the addition of midfielder/defender Collin Fernandez for the 2021 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, contract terms will not be released.
"Collin is an amazing player with youth international experience for both the United States and Peru. We're excited to have him with the team because he's not just an incredibly talented player, he also makes everyone around him better with his kindness and love," said Austin Bold FC Head Coach Marcelo Serrano. "Collin is a versatile player. He plays multiple positions, has a great attitude, and is a good hearted leader on the field."
Downers Grove, IL native Fernandez, 24, began his professional career with MLS club Chicago Fire FC when he signed a Homegrown Player contract in 2014 after developing in Chicago's youth system. While with Chicago Fire FC, Fernandez went on three successful loan spells with USL Championship clubs. The versatile midfielder/defender made a combined 35 USL Championship appearances with Louisville City, Saint Louis FC, and FC Tulsa. USL recognized his performance during his loan spells by naming Fernandez to their 2017 Twenty Under Twenty list of promising young players.
Fernandez joined Phoenix Rising FC in 2018. In 26 appearances with Phoenix, he tallied two goals and three assists on the way to helping the Arizona side to the 2018 USL Championship final. After returning to Saint Louis FC in 2019, Fernandez went to the Pacific Northwest with Tacoma Defiance in 2020.
The midfielder/defender represented the United States for the U18 and U20 U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams before putting on the Peruvian jersey for the U20 Peru Youth National Team.
"I'm very excited and grateful for this opportunity to be apart of Austin Bold," said Fernandez. "I look forward to helping the team in anyway I can to win a championship this year."
Austin Bold FC returns to Bold Stadium on May 26 at 8:00 PM to take on Real Monarchs SLC. With single-game tickets starting at $15 and season ticket memberships starting at $190, every member of the Bold Familia has a way to cheer on their neighborhood soccer club. Visit www.AustinBoldFC.com for more information on tickets and matches.