January 18, 2017
Ex-Cosmos Leo Fernandes joins Rowdies
By Michael Lewis
Midfielder Leo Fernandes, who enjoyed a stellar 2015 season with the Cosmos that helped win a championship, won't be playing with the North American Soccer League team this year.
The former North Babylon, N.Y. resident Wednesday signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, who switched leagues from the NASL to the United Soccer League during the off-season.
The deal is pending league and U.S. Soccer approval. As per club and league policy, further contract details were not disclosed.
The 25-year-old Fernandes connected for eight goals and added three assists for the Cosmos in 2015 en route to the Soccer Bowl crown. while securing NASL young player of the year honors.
He played that season on loan from the Philadelphia Union (Major League Soccer).
“Leo is a player that we’ve been watching for a while because he was so impressive for the Cosmos in 2015,” Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell said. “He’s bounced around a bit with a few loan spells, but we’re excited to see what he can do for the Rowdies. He’s a quick player that gives us width and he can pop up and score a few goals, too, which is always nice.”
The 6-1, 165-lb. Fernandes was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but raised on Long Island. After a distinguished youth and high school, Fernandes went on to Stony Brook University as he is the Seawolves' all-time points leader.