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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - After months of research and trying the Portland Timbers have landed a player they believe can transform the club for years to come.

The Timbers have finally found their footing and here comes a big boot for some big bucks, lucky number seven, a club record transfer fee believed to be in the 10-to-12 million-dollar range with the top league in Mexico, brings 24-year-old Brian Fernandez to soccer city.

Born in Santa Fe, Argentina, PTFC's new designated player is a high-volume goal scorer, most playing center and right wing, Fernandez was just the second leading scorer in Liga MX.

Past off-the-field missteps are part of Fernandez’s resume, including a two-year ban for two failed drug tests when he was 20, and a less than pleasant exchange with a fan in the stands after what ended up being his final match in Mexico.

Fernandez won't be available until next Wednesday in Houston. Portland's upcoming derby match in BC is Friday night in Vancouver. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. With a FOX 12 pregame show on FOX 12 plus at 6:30 p.m.

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