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Leo Fernandes is in his rookie season with Philadelphia Union, and while he struggled early for playing time, he started the last two games.
The Brazilian-born, Long Island-raised midfielder has seen much more of the field lately with injuries to Danny Cruz and Michael Farfan, and Jack McInerney and Keon Daniel away on international duty.
Fernandes visited the studios of the Philly Soccer Show for the latest edition of the podcast to talk with KYW’s Greg Orlandini and PSP’s Eli Pearlman-Storch to talk about his recent opportunities on the field and what is expected of him from the coaching staff. He also talks about playing and training with fellow Brazilian Kleberson, a player he looked up to as a kid.
Next, Sons of Ben travel coordinator Kelly Delaney joins the pod to discuss some of the charitable and volunteer work the Union supporters group does.
Greg and Eli then take a look at the Union’s tough loss at Houston. Depleted by injuries and national team call-ups, the team started what could be termed an “experimental” lineup, with the two big forwards — Conor Casey and Aaron Wheeler — up top.
Discussion then turns to Friday’s opponent Chivas USA and the return to PPL Park of former Union midfielder/defender Gabriel Farfan, who was traded to the LA team earlier this year.
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To listen to the pod, click on the link above or visit the Philly Soccer Show iTunes page.