Jason Hernandez

Jason Hernandez (born August 26, 1983) is the Manager for Player Engagement with Toronto FC. He is a former Puerto Rican international footballer who played as a defender.

Jason Hernandez
Hernandez with San Jose in 2013
Personal information
Full name Jason Hernandez
Date of birth (1983-08-26) August 26, 1983
Place of birth New York, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2001–2004 Seton Hall Pirates
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 MetroStars 3 (0)
2006–2007 Chivas USA 50 (0)
2008–2014 San Jose Earthquakes 165 (0)
2015–2016 New York City FC 57 (0)
2017–2018 Toronto FC 18 (0)
2017–2018 Toronto FC II 2 (0)
National team
2016 Puerto Rico 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 20, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 23, 2016


Hernandez played college soccer at Seton Hall University from 2001 to 2004, and captained the team in his final two seasons. He was also named Second Team ALL-BIG EAST in 2004.[1]

Club career


Hernandez was selected by the MetroStars with the sixth pick in the first round of the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft and signed a developmental contract with the team for the 2005 season.[2] After not playing a minute in the club's first 29 league games, he made his debut against Chicago on October 5, 2005. He started the last three games of the regular season, as well as both games in the playoffs.[3]

Chivas USA

Hernandez was traded to Chivas USA in a trade that allowed the MetroStars to move up to the first selection of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and select Marvell Wynne.[4]

In his initial campaign with Chivas, Hernandez went on to appear in 29 league matches, including 24 starts. During the 2007 season Hernandez saw his role reduced as he appeared in 21 league matches, starting only nine. He started three of the clubs four playoff matches during his two-year stint at the Los Angeles-based club.[5]

San Jose Earthquakes

Hernandez was picked up by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft.[6] He made his debut on April 3, 2008, starting against LA Galaxy.[7]

Hernandez would play for the club through the 2014 season, and would captain the team multiple times.[1] His 160 games started and 13,859 minutes played placed him third all time in both categories for the club.[7]

New York City

Hernandez was selected by New York City FC as the 6th pick in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft.[8] He would start in their first ever MLS game, a 1–1 draw with Orlando City SC on March 8, 2015.[9]

After the signing of Italian legend Andrea Pirlo in July 2015, Hernandez changed his number from 21 to 2 to honor his boyhood idol, New York Yankees legendary shortstop Derek Jeter. He was not retained following the 2016 season.[10]

Toronto FC

Hernandez was signed by Toronto FC in March 2017.[11] He made his Toronto FC debut and his first start of the season on May 6, 2017, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 win against the Seattle Sounders.[12]

Hernandez was re-signed by Toronto FC on April 13, 2018, [13]. He was released at the end of the 2018 season following the expiration of his contract.[14]

Hernandez announced his retirement from professional football on April, 2, 2019, and that he would be joining Toronto's front office as Manager of Player Engagement.[15]

International career

Hernandez was born in the United States to parents of Puerto Rican descent. In January 2009, he was called for a training camp with the United States, but he did not appear in a match for the team.[16] Eligible for Puerto Rico through his parents, he made his international debut with the team in March 2016 during a Caribbean Cup qualifier against Guyana.[17]

Career statistics

As of match played March 20, 2019 [18][19]
Club Season League Playoffs US Open Cup North America Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
MetroStars 2005 50200070
Total 5020000070
Chivas USA 2006 3102000330
2007 2201000230
Total 530300000560
San Jose 2008 28000280
2009 16000160
2010 3003000330
2011 28000280
2012 2702010300
2013 2100040250
2014 20010210
Total 17005020401810
New York City FC 2015 26010270
2016 3100010320
Total 570002000590
Toronto FC 2017 8000000080
2018 100000000100
Total 180000000180
Toronto FC II (loan) 2017 1000000010
2018 1000000010
Total 2000000020
Career Total 305010040403230



San Jose Earthquakes

Toronto FC


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  2. "Metros sign Hernandez". bigapplesoccer.com. Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  3. "Jason Hernandez statistics". metrofanatic.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  4. "MLS SuperDraft". Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  5. "Jason Hernandez NYCFC profile". nycfc.com. Archived from the original on October 28, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. "MLS releases results of expansion draft". oursportcentral.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  7. "San Jose profile". sjearthquakes.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  8. "2014 MLS expansion draft". centerlinesoccer.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  9. "NYCFC vs Orlando City". espnfc.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  10. Booth, Mark (November 28, 2016). "NYCFC Announce Roster Options for 2017". NYCFC.com. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  11. "Toronto FC Sign Jason Hernandez". Toronto FC. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  12. http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfcs-strength-depth-full-display-win-sounders/
  13. "Toronto FC welcome back Jason Hernandez, promote three from Toronto FC II". www.mlssoccer.com. April 13, 2018.
  14. "Toronto FC decline Clint Irwin, Tosaint Ricketts options". www.cbc.ca. November 27, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  15. "Jason Hernandez Announces Retirement, Joins Front Office". Torontofc.ca. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  16. http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_12189704.html
  17. http://elvocero.com/jason-hernandez-le-ve-futuro-a-onceno-boricua/%5B%5D
  18. "Jason Hernandez profile". soccerway.com. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  19. "Jason Hernandez biography". mls.com. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  20. "San Jose clinch Supporters' Shield". sjearthquakes.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
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