Former Revolution midfielder Daniel Hernandez called it a career on Wednesday following the conclusion of his 15th professional season.
Hernandez, who spent two stints in New England (2002-2003 and 2005-2007), most recently played for FC Dallas (2009-2012). He will remain with FC Dallas as an assistant coach.
“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,” said Hernandez in statement on Wednesday. “I am excited to start the next phase of my MLS career with FC Dallas.”
Hernandez originally arrived in Foxboro following a monumental six-player deal that sent him, Brian Kamler and Diego Serna from the MetroStars to New England for Ted Chronopoulos, Mamadou Diallo and Andy Williams in May 2002. Later that season, Hernandez helped guide the Revolution to their first MLS Cup appearance.
He was transferred to Mexican side Necaxa mid-way through the 2003 season, but returned to the Revolution on 2005. Injuries plagued Hernandez during his second stint in New England. But much like it was in 2002, Hernandez’s presence in the middle of the park helped steer the club to two more MLS Cup runs in 2005 and 2006.
Although he was waived during the 2007 season, Hernandez continued his career south of the border. He featured with Puebla and Jaguares de Chiapas before returning to the States in 2009, when he signed with his hometown Hoops.
“FC Dallas appreciates all the hard work and leadership that Daniel Hernandez has demonstrated over the past four seasons,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman in a statement. “We look forward to working with Daniel as he steps into a coaching role with the club.”
All told, Hernandez played in 291 professional games, scoring 10 goals, from 1998 through 2012. He played in three MLS Cup finals, but never hoisted the Cup.