Phoenix release Carlos Hernandez

The Wellington Phoenix have spectacularly parted ways with Carlos Hernandez on the very day the 32-year-old was named in Costa Rica's provisional World Cup squad.

Phoenix general manager David Dome confirmed the club agreed to release the veteran international, who had a year to run on his contract.

“Carlos’ family have found it difficult to settle in Wellington,” Dome said.

“It is tough for a player when that is the case and the club agreed to his request for a release.

“We congratulate Carlos on his selection to the Costa Rican team for the World Cup and believe his performances for the Phoenix played a part in that.

“The club wishes Carlos all the best for Brazil and in the future.”

Hernandez spent five seasons with A-League club Melbourne Victory under coah Ernie Merrick before trying his hand in the A-League. In February 2013 he signed with the Phoenix where he was eventually reunited with Merrick.