Hernandez signed his first professional contract with Real Salt Lake as a homegrown player in December 2016. In 2017, Hernandez appeared in seven games for Real Salt Lake, making one start and scoring one goal. Hernandez also represented Real Salt Lake in the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game against Chivas de Guadalajara’s Under-20 team. Last season he was on loan to Real Monarchs SLC and appeared in 20 games, making nine starts, scoring one goal and recording one assist. In his USL career, he’s totaled 28 appearances, 14 starts, three goals and one assist.
Prior to his professional debut, Hernandez played two NCAA campaigns at UCLA, earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors in 2015 and being named the 2016 Pac-12 Co-Player of the Year. In his sophomore season for the Bruins, he totaled five goals and six assists in 20 games, following 11 goals and four assists in 2015 as a freshman.
Before committing to UCLA, Hernandez played for the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, where he was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-18 West Conference Player of the Year after scoring 25 goals in the 2014-15 season.