A preseason and two regular season games, and I am ready to call this. Fernandez is not a wide player. I get why Porter tries him there. I get Porter's wish for a dynamic attack where 4 attackers play Calvinball.
But when Fernandez is out left, he is not good, and the Timbers are not good.
On the other hand, when Fernandez is up top, the Timbers look much better. Against both the Union and the Fire, Portland looked far more dangerous with Gaston up top and other players providing width.
When it comes to outside mid, give me a mediocre player who can provide something from the wide position over a good central player who cannot.
Let's put this experiment to bed, Caleb.