November 21, 2012
HANGING UP HIS BOOTS
Ex-MetroStar Hernandez retires from FC Dallas
Former MetroStars defender-midfielder Daniel Hernandez has hung up his soccer boots.
The former FC Dallas captain announced his retirement on Wednesday. He will transition into a coaching role with the Major League Soccer club.
“Being able to play out the past four seasons of my MLS career in front of my friends and family here in Dallas has been very memorable,” Hernandez said in a statement. “I am excited to start the next phase of my MLS career with FC Dallas.”
Hernandez, a Tyler, Texas product and Southern Methodist University standout, played with the MetroStars from 2000-2002.
He played a vital role in coach Octavio Zambrano's take-no-prisoners' defense, which backstopped attack in 2000.
The 36-year-old Hernandez signed with Dallas on Sept. 8, 2009. He played in 89 matches for the club, scoring two goals and adding five assists. FC Dallas compiled a 34-26-29 record including 26 shutouts in games in which Hernandez played. He captained the 2010 tam to the club’s first Western Conference championship and appearance in MLS Cup as it lost to the Colorado Rapids in extratime. He played every minute of Dallas’ four playoff matches in 2010 despite suffering a torn lateral meniscus, which required post-season surgery.
“FC Dallas appreciates all the hard work and leadership that Daniel Hernandez has demonstrated over the past four seasons,” FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Daniel as he steps into a coaching role with the club.”
In 13 MLS seasons, Hernandez logged 15,105 minutes in 204 matches between 1998 and 2012. Drafted in the second round (18th overall) of the 1998 MLS college draft by the LA Galaxy, Hernandez played in 115 matches for the Galaxy, Tampa Bay Mutiny, MetroStars and New England Revolution before joining FC Dallas.
Hernandez also played with Necaxa, Puebla and Jaguares de Chiapas of the Mexican First Division. Hernandez was called into U.S. National Team camp for a friendly vs. El Salvador on Nov. 17, 2002 and a World Cup Qualifier against Panama on Oct. 12, 2005.