Peruvian national team keeper joins FC Dallas from French side Nice.
You can mark off that third keeper addition off your list. FC Dallas has made a big splash Thursday by signing Peruvian national team keeper Raul Fernandez.
The 27-year old Fernandez comes to Dallas from French side Nice, where he has played the last couple of seasons. He hasn't seen a ton of time with the first team due to Colombian phenom David Ospina being the main keeper there.
Fernandez had spent the 2011 season with Peruvian club Universitario where he made 10 starts. Before going to Nice in 2010, Fernandez was the main guy between the sticks for Universitario as he made 135 starts between 2005 and 2010.
Fernadnez hasn't played a ton over the last year however - or at least his stats pages online seem to indicate that. He has however started six of Peru's nine World Cup qualifiers.
This move indicates that FC Dallas is getting a player with plenty of good experience and one that will be able to push Chris Seitz for the top spot in 2013. It also helps set up a situation where the club won't have to gamble with a draft pick on a young keeper or worry too much about Richard Sanchez being gone for part of the season with the Mexican U20 side.
I like this move even though it is a gamble for Dallas. Going after an experienced young keeper is never easy to do but Fernandez gives them an option should Seitz not pan out like they hope or he could be the guy to go between the pipes. My gut tells me he will be the starter on March 2.
UPDATE: The deal is not official from FC Dallas just yet but there is some good news about this as it turns out that Fernandez' wife is American, which means he'll come carrying a green card. Big land there for Dallas.
SECOND UPDATE: FC Dallas has now made this official.
And a quote from Schellas Hyndman:
"Raúl Fernández is a very athletic goalkeeper who has gained a lot of experience playing internationally with Peru," said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. "He has a strong command of the box and will compete for the starting position with FC Dallas. He is an extremely motivated individual. I expect he will embrace this opportunity."