Signed with FC Dallas on September 8, 2009.
2011: FC Dallas’ captain recorded career highs in games played (30), games started (30) and minutes played (2,668). He matched his MLS career high with two game-winning assists and had a total of four on the season. One of his two goals was a game-winner. He converted the only penalty kick attempt of his MLS career when he beat Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei in stoppage time of the first half to lead Dallas to a 1-0 win. 2010: Hernandez was named FC Dallas’ captain at the start of the season. He was one of only six FC Dallas players to surpass the 2,000 minute mark. Hernandez started all 24 matches in which he appeared and played every minute of FC Dallas’ four playoff matches despite suffering from a torn lateral meniscus, which required postseason surgery. 2009: Hernandez signed with FC Dallas on Sept. 8, 2009. He made his first appearance for the club on Sept. 12 versus the L.A. Galaxy as a second half substitute for Marvin Chavez. Hernandez made his first FCD start on Sept. 26 against Real Salt Lake. He earned his first assist in a FC Dallas uniform in the regular season finale on Oct. 24 versus Seattle. He made a total of seven appearances. 2008: Hernandez signed with Jaguares de Chiapas and made 13 appearances. 2007: Hernandez played with Puebla of the Mexican’s Primera Division, making seven appearances and scoring one goal. 2006: Hernandez appeared in the final two games of the regular season and all four postseason games, starting three including MLS Cup 2006 against Houston. 2005: Hernandez played in seven regular-season matches and all four of the Revolutions’ playoff games. He contributed a vital assist on Clint Dempsey’s game-winner against the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference Championship. 2003: Hernandez left the Revolution nine games into the season to join Necaxa of the Mexican Primera division, signing on July 7, 2003. 2002: Hernandez came to the Revolution from the MetroStars in a six-man trade on May 24. He tallied three goals and an assist in 19 games. Hernandez also had a goal and an assist in the quarterfinals of the 2002 MLS Playoff s to help defeat the Fire. 2001: Hernandez led the MetroStars to a 20-10-3 record (including playoffs). He notched a career-high seven assists and added one goal, a 91st minute game-winner from midfield at Miami on Aug. 25 that was the first goal of his career. 2000: Hernandez was traded from the Tampa Bay Mutiny to the MetroStars on April 19 in exchange for the rights to Daniel Alvarez. Played a total of 17 games - two with Tampa Bay and 15 with New York - recording two assists, both were game-winning assists. He was selected to play in the 2000 MLS All-Star game. 1999: Hernandez made a total of 19 appearances between Los Angeles and Tampa Bay. He started the first five matches of the season for L.A. Hernandez was traded from the Galaxy to the Mutiny on Aug. 13 for Jorge Salcedo. 1998: Hernandez was drafted by the Galaxy in the second round (18th overall) in the 1998 MLS College Draft. He played in 17 games for the Galaxy, making three starts. He made MLS debut on April 4 against the Colorado Rapids in a 2-0 win for the Galaxy.
Hernandez was called to U.S. National Team camp by Bruce Arena for its friendly against El Salvador on Nov. 17, 2002. He was named to the national team squad for a World Cup Qualifier vs. Panama on Oct. 12, 2005. Hernandez was a member of the U.S. U-17, 18 and 23 U.S. National Teams.
Hernandez played two years of college football at Southern Methodist University, serving as the kicker for the Mustangs as a sophomore and junior before focusing solely on soccer as a senior. He was the NSCAA National Player of the Year in 1998 at SMU.
Hernandez and his wife Tiphanie have three daughters (Candice, Caydence and Caylee). His favorite cuisine is Mexican. His favorite music is R&B. His favorite soccer moment is scoring against Club America at Azteca Stadium in front of his family. Hernandez is a native of Tyler, Texas (East of Dallas) where he has a soccer field, “Estadio Daniel Demetrio Hernandez,” named after him. He has a brother, Nico, and sisters Rebecca and Sara. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and holds both American and Mexican passports.