Brian Fernandez has been released from the Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers, together with Major League Soccer, have terminated the contract of Brian Fernandez due to failure to comply with the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health (SABH) program. A press release was issued on Friday supplying little information.
What we do know is that the league can terminate a player’s contract for violation of the SABH if they are subject to penalties for testing positive for a banned substance, for noncompliance, or for refusal to submit to a drug test as required under the SABH.
The club has not commented on the specifics of the release, but Paul Tenorio of the Atheltic is reporting that the MLS Players Association intends on filing a grievance on behalf of Fernandez.
The 25-year-old designated player entered the SABH program voluntarily prior to the MLS Playoffs with the team issuing a statement announcing their support for the player.
It is unclear whether Fernandez was added to the team’s protection list ahead of Tuesday’s expansion draft.