Canadian-born Fernandes to suit up for Portugal

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:18 PM ET

CAPE TOWN -- Canadian Hector Vergara was the assistant referee Monday when Italy played Paraguay.

On Tuesday, another Canadian will make an appearance in the World Cup.

Daniel Fernandes, an Edmonton-born player who grew up in Vancouver, will be with Portugal when they play the Ivory Coast in Port Elizabeth.

Fernandes will likely not dress. He is the No. 3 goalie on the roster, but he has made two appearances for the national team in previous games.

He’s 6-foot-6 and an impressive physical specimen. The 26-year-old played for Canada’s under-20 national team.

He played with the Vancouver Whitecaps, then moved to Portugal where he joined Porto’s youth team.

He went on to play with a variety of teams including Celta de Vigo in Spain, PAOK Salonika in Greece, Bochum in Germany and has been on loan to Iraklis in Greece.


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