MLS Terminates Contract, Removes Brian Fernandez From Timbers Roster
The Portland Timbers announced Major League Soccer terminated Brian Fernandez contract with the team, and the players has been removed from the club’s roster.
Fernandez contract was terminated “due to failure to comply with the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health (SABH) program, according to The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio.
According to the collective bargaining agreement, MLS commissioner Don Garber can terminate a player’s contract with 24 hours’ written notice for, among other things, “if the Player violates the SABH or is subjected to any penalties for testing positive for a banned substance, for noncompliance, or for refusal to submit to a drug test as required under the SABH.”
The Fernandez announcement Friday is the first time the league has acted on the above clause in the CBA, according to Tenorio.
You can read Tenorio’s full story here (FYI story is behind a paywall).