New Sacramento Republic FC signing Luis Felipe Fernandes made 21 appearances for the San Jose Earthquakes over the past three seasons. | Photo courtesy San Jose Earthquakes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced on Friday it had signed midfielder Luis Felipe Fernandes, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Luis Felipe adds another leader with a winning mentality to our midfield. He is a physical presence that can break up plays, which will help us manage and control games the way we want to in 2021,” said Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant. “He is a great addition to our locker room and will have a major impact on both sides of the ball.”
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder joins Republic FC following three seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes. While with San Jose, Fernandes appeared in 21 matches and logged 1,210 minutes. In his MLS debut season in 2018, he started 11 of the 15 matches he was available for selection.
Before joining San Jose, he competed in the USL Championship with Reno 1868 FC. As a member of their inaugural roster in 2017, he contributed five goals as the side set a then-Championship record with 75 goals in the regular season. Fernandes was integral in managing possession and tempo by completing 85.2 percent of his passes in 40 appearances (1,192 of 1,399) while also recording 65 interceptions and 16 chances created. In his typical defensive midfield role, he added to a staunch defense that finished the season 10th, with only 40 goals conceded.
The New York-born, Brazilian-raised midfielder developed his skills as a youth player in the storied Brazilian Cruzeiro Esporte Clube academy in Belo Horizonte. In 2014, he was called into the U.S. U-20 National Team January camp under head coach Tab Ramos.