Eduardo "Lalo" Fernandez has been with RSL since 2012 when he was signed has the club's third-ever Homegrown player. Despite continuing to hold the designation of third-choice goalkeeper for the Claret-and-Cobalt, Lalo has found a home with the Real Monarchs.
While Fernandez did not play a single minute RSL in 2015, the 22 year-old managed to make eleven appearances on the bench. Lalo did however manage to notch 18 appearances, 1,620 minutes, and three clean-sheets with the Monarchs in their 2015 campaign.
For Lalo, 2015 was a solid year. Not only did he manage to gain more meaningful match minutes than ever before — thanks to the Monarchs and the USL partnership — but the young net minder provided depth for the Claret-and-Cobalt.
Continued improvement and consistency from this player in 2016 could push the club's already stacked goalkeeping situation to new heights.
As Nick Rimando continues to age and remains a dependable call-up for Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. Men's National Team, could Lalo Fernandez find himself pushing his way into the first team in 2016?
Editor's note: This is part of a series of player profiles that we'll be posting over the next month as review 2015. Check out our 2014 player profiles.