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Jose Fernandez honored on the soccer field

Ariel Martinez carries a Fernandez 16 Miami FC jersey onto the field to honor Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins pitcher who was killed in a boat crash early Sunday.
Ariel Martinez carries a Fernandez 16 Miami FC jersey onto the field to honor Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins pitcher who was killed in a boat crash early Sunday. MIAMI FC

Jose Fernandez was honored by Miami FC during a pre-game memorial ceremony on Wednesday night.

Fernandez, 24, died Sunday in a boat crash off South Beach.

Before the game against Ottawa FC, Miami FC's Cuban midfielder Ariel Martinez carried onto the FIU stadium field a Fernandez 16 Miami FC jersey that was made for the occasion. He carried a Marlins cap for placement in the center circle. There was a moment of silence, and the team's fan group, Dade Brigade, also offered tribute.

Wednesday's game was originally billed as College Night, with college students admitted for $1.

Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn, hired earlier this year, spent the previous 13 years as vice president of marketing for the Marlins.

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