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FC Dallas Signs Peruvian National Team Goalkeeper Raíl Fernández

January 10, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) FC Dallas

FRISCO, Texas (Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013) - FC Dallas has signed Peruvian National Team goalkeeper Ra"l Fernández, the club announced today. Per team and league policy the terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

"Ra"l Fernández is a very athletic goalkeeper who has gained a lot of experience playing internationally with Peru," said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. "He has a strong command of the box and will compete for the starting position with FC Dallas. He is an extremely motivated individual. I expect he will embrace this opportunity."

Fernández, 27, got his start in the youth system of Universitario de Deportes of the Peruvian first division. He made his professional debut with the club in a 1-1 draw with Union Huaral on July 31, 2005. Fernández would go on to play in 143 matches for Universitario between his debut and 2010. Universitario is regarded as the top club in Peru.

Fernández was signed by OGC Nice of the French first division in December of 2010. The 6-1 goalkeeper appeared in two matches for the four-time French Ligue 1 champions since his debut on Aug. 31, 2011. Fernández backstopped Nice in a 2-1 victory over Toulouse in the third round of Coupe de la Ligue.

A native of Lima, Peru, Fernández has earned 21 international caps with the Peruvian National Team since March 26, 2008.

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