#ArgentinosAbroad: Brian Fernández breaks MLS record with another Timbers goal (VIDEO)

The question marks over Brian Fernández have never been about the 24-year-old’s talent and having looked to have put his troubled past behind him, the Argentine forward is setting Major League Soccer on fire.

A stupendous left-footed strike with the outside of his boot to give Portland Timbers a 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Sunday evening was Fernández’s ninth goal in seven matches (in all competitions) since arriving from Necaxa and with it came MLS history.

It was the fifth consecutive MLS game that Fernández has scored in and that now stands alone as the record for the best start to an MLS career – scoring in all five regular-season games.

The pressure that came with signing for a record fee of in excess of $10 million could well have suffocated some or taken others time to adjust but Fernández has proved an instant hit in Portland.

Aside from a goal in every MLS start, the former Defensa y Justicia and Racing Club striker has scored in both US Open Cup games so far as the Timbers have progressed to the quarter-finals.

It would be easy to look at Fernández’s form since leaving Argentina and say that his start to life in Portland is expected but there was a degree of risk in the signing. A positive drug test for cocaine use back in 2015 and an attitude towards training that looked likely to result in Fernández wasting his incredible talent would have put many clubs off.

Neither Defensa y Justicia nor Racing Club could keep Fernández on the straight and narrow and even a brief loan spell in France with Metz didn’t work out.

A move to Unión La Calera at the start of 2018 proved the turning point and Fernández said as much when offering advice to another Racing rebel Ricardo Centurión. The Timbers star admitted that he needed to leave Argentina and in Chile, eleven goals in twelve league appearances fired Unión La Calera to one of the club’ best ever seasons.

That prompted Necaxa to swoop and Fernández never looked back. Goals continued to flow in México and Timbers saw enough to move for the 24-year-old.

With his name in the MLS record books it will be interesting to see how far Fernández can go and what interest from Europe his level of performance may attract.


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