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Carlos Hernández (footballer) : biography

April 9, 1982 -

Carlos Hernández Valverde (born April 9, 1982), also known as Carlos Hernandez, is a Costa Rican football player who plays as a midfielder for Wellington Phoenix FC in the Australian A-League.

Club career

LD Alajuelense

Hernandez had become one of the most important players in the Primera División de Costa Rica, the Costa Rican national league, where he was the top assister in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. He had built a reputation as a great scorer from long and middle distances combined with high level vision and technique that made him one of the most dangerous midfielders in the region.

However, Hernandez struggled with injury in the 2006-07 season which also resulted in weight gain. In a bid to regain his former self, he was loaned out to A-League club Melbourne Victory.

Melbourne Victory

On June 12, 2007, it was confirmed by Melbourne Victory that Hernandez had signed for the Australian Club on a two-year loan from LD Alajuelense. He made his first appearance for the club in their 1-0 A-League Pre-Season Cup loss to the Newcastle Jets, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute. In the next game on July 28, 2007 he got his first start against Perth Glory scoring his first goal for the Victory.

Early on during his first season with Melbourne, he was criticised by a portion of the Melbourne supporters and was said to be 'overweight'. Hernandez scored his first league goal for Melbourne Victory against Perth Glory at Docklands Stadium on 21 October 2007, helping Melbourne to a 2-1 win at home.

Towards the end of the season, Hernandez' fitness improved and he struck form, becoming a regular goal scorer and assister. One of Hernández most famous games for the Victory was when he scored Melbourne's only goal against Juventus in a friendly at the Docklands Stadium in May 2008. The goal was a cracking curling effort from just outside the box leaving Juventus goalkeeper Jess Vanstrattan with no chance. He scored the opening goal in Melbourne's 5-0 thrashing of reigning A-League champions Newcastle Jets in Round 3 of the 2008-09 season at the Docklands Stadium. His 6th goal for the club came against the Central Coast Mariners in Round 20, a cracking free kick that went through the wall and through the legs of helpless keeper Danny Vukovic. He won widespread acclaim for his performance in Melbourne's 4-0 A-League semi-final second leg win over Adelaide United, in which he scored one goal and assisted for the other three.

On April 1, 2009, Hernandez claimed on Costa Rican television that the Victory had bought him from LD Alajuelense and he had signed a three-year deal. It was reported that he would go on loan to MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy until the start of the A-League season in August. The Galaxy has since denied any interest in Hernandez.

On April 17, 2009, the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación reported that Melbourne Victory and LD Alajuelense had finally come to an agreement regarding the sale of the player for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of $450,000 and his signing was officially announced by the club on May 14.

On September 26, 2009, Hernandez scored a goal helping his side win against Gold Coast United 3-2. The 35 yard hit again left Jess Vanstrattan with little chance as it tore into the top left corner. On 15 February 2010, Hernandez won the Johnny Warren Medal for best player in the A-League for season 2009-10, awarded at The Ivy in Sydney. On 16 May 2012 it was announced he had parted company with Melbourne Victory.

Prayag United

On 27 June it was announced that Hernandez has signed a one-year deal with I-League club Prayag United S.C. making it one of the biggest transfers in Indian football.At his official media presentation he said "I am really happy to be associated with Prayag United Sports Club. I am looking forward to this new opportunity and challenges. It has indeed been a big decision to move to India, but I feel that there is this huge zest and enthusiasm for football here. I am excited to be part of this excellent team, and hope to contribute to the success of the team in the coming season" On 12 October, in the 2nd match of the I-League, he had assisted Kiwi striker Kayne Vincent to take a decisive 2-1 lead against city rivals Mohun Bagan A.C. at the stroke of half-time, after defender Sukhen Dey had equalised on the 27th minute. Hernandez has stated that he wants to return to the A-League after his contract in India expires. On 4th January, 2012 against Dempo S.C. at the Municipal stadium at Kalyani, he scored from an inswinging direct free kick on 87th minute to ensure a 1-0 win over the defending champions.

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