Fernando said he celebrated the contract with a dinner with his girlfriend. He also said his parents in his native Brazil were very happy for him.
Fernando is working mostly as a left wingback with Atlanta United.
“I’m playing different positions,” he said. “I’ve got to get used. That’s it. If you are working hard, doing everything and never giving up you will have a chance for sure.”
Teammate Jeff Larentowicz said Fernando reminds him of a left-footed Justin Meram.
“He’s good on the ball,” Larentowicz said. “He’s left-footed, which is always something that’s hard to find, but he’s still young, he’s still learning. Hopefully he’s building toward the future.”
Fernando said playing for Corinthians as a youth taught him how to defend to help the team. He’s picking up pointers from teammates on the finer points of the position, such as how to free himself to receive the ball and positioning.
Julian Gressel, who sits next to Fernando in the locker room, said his tips during training include the things that would make his life more difficult playing against him.
“Very promising,” Gressel said. “That’s what he club saw in him and what we see in him.”