ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Two players of Atlanta United FC have been tapped to play for Venezuela in its World Cup Qualifying matches in September.
United FC star striker Josef Martinez and defensive specialist Ronald Hernandez are selected to play for Venezuela by interim manager Leonardo González Antequera for three World Cup Qualifying matches in CONMEBOL against Argentina on Sept. 2, at Peru on Sept. 5, and at Paraguay on Sept. 9.
Both players will depart following United FC’s match against Nashville SC on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, Univision).
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.
Martínez has made 53 appearances for Venezuela and tallied 11 goals and three assists. He made his Venezuela senior team debut on Aug. 7, 2011, in a friendly against El Salvador and has since represented La Vinotinto in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualification matches for 2014, 2018, and 2022 FIFA World Cups and in Copa America 2015, 2016, 2019. Martínez played in Venezuela’s two most recent World Cup Qualifiers in June and was called up for the 2021 Copa America, however, he did not feature after testing positive for COVID in national team camp. He has scored five goals in 23 World Cup Qualifying matches.