ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Atlanta United defensive specialist Ronald Hernández has been called up to the Venezuela national team by manager José Pekerman for two matches against Malta and Saudi Arabia during the upcoming FIFA Window from May 30-June 14.
Venezuela will face Malta on June 1 at Malta National Stadium and Saudi Arabia on June 9 at Estadio Enrique Roca de Murcia in Murcia, Spain. Hernández has made 30 appearances for Venezuela and recorded one goal and three assists.
He appeared in 11 of Venezuela’s 16 World Cup Qualifiers this past cycle and recorded an assist in two of his last four appearances. Hernández has started four of his six MLS appearances this season.
Earlier, as a reward for playing well for the United last year, Club Vice President Carlos Bocanegra said the team had 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.