ATLANTA, GEORGIA—As a form of reward for playing well for the Atlanta United FC last year, Club Vice President Carlos Bocanegra said the team has signed Aberdeen FC fullback Ronald Hernandez to a three-year deal that will make him available for the team until 2024.
“Ronald is a talented and versatile defender who we’re pleased to add permanently to our roster,” Bocanegra said.
“After coming in last season on loan, he was able to re-integrate himself into the Venezuela National Team after playing valuable minutes for our club. We look forward to Ronald continuing to add competition for playing time in our team,” Bocanegra added.
The Barinas, Venezuela native joined United FC on loan before the 2021 season. He finished the campaign with 13 matches played including eight starts. He scored his first career MLS goal on July 21 at Cincinnati to secure a 1-1 draw. Hernández played a total of 634 minutes last season for Atlanta.
Hernandez had a successful year for the team in the MLS 2021 season.
He was slow to get much playing time under Gabriel Heinze who elected to use other players, but immediately started under interim Rob Valentino and continued to impress under Gonzalo Pineda.
Hernadez was earlier tapped to play for Venezuela in two World Cup Qualifying matches in November.
The Venezuelan defensive specialist was selected to play for Venezuela by interim manager Leonardo González Antequera for two World Cup Qualifying matches in CONMEBOL against Ecuador on November 11 and Peru on November 16.
Hernández has made 21 appearances for Venezuela and recorded one goal and one assist. He made his debut with the senior team as a starter in a World Cup Qualifying match against Paraguay on Oct. 11, 2017. Hernández played in every match for Venezuela during the 2019 and 2021 Copa América tournaments. This summer he made four appearances with one start at the 2021 Copa América, where he scored his first international goal against Ecuador on June 20, 2021. Hernández also made 17 appearances for Venezuela’s U-20 squad and played every minute of the 2017 U-20 World Cup in South Korea where Venezuela reached the final.