Portland Timbers forward Brian Fernandez, who took Soccer City USA by storm with his mid-season arrival over the summer, has voluntarily entered the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program and is out indefinitely.
— Jamie Goldberg (@Jamiebgoldberg) October 7, 2019
will be unavailable for team activities until he has undergone an assessment and is cleared to play by the substance abuse program doctors. He is not expected to return to the team during the upcoming playoff run. Portland is the six-seed in the Western Conference and visits 3-seed Real Salt Lake in an elimination game Sat. Oct. 19th at 7pm on 750 The Game.
Fernandez got off to a hot start with the Timbers after being acquired for a hefty record-setting price from Liga MX side Necaxa, scoring five goals in his first six matches with the team. His final regular season stats for 2019 include 11 goals in 19 appearances (16 starts), to help the Timbers reach the playoffs for a club-record third straight season. He scored another 4 goals in US Open Cup play.