Atlanta acquires Venezuelan defender Ronald Hernandez on loan from Aberdeen FC

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Atlanta united have signed Venezuelan national team defender Ronald Hernandez on loan from Scotland’s Aberdeen FC for the 2021 season, the club announced on Thursday.

Hernandez, 23, has made 17 appearances for Venezuela and recorded six appearances in the Scottish Premiership since joining Aberdeen in January 2020 from Norwegian club Stabæk. Atlanta United and Aberdeen have previously entered into a strategic partnership ahead of the 2020 season.

“Ronald is a talented young defenseman and we are happy to add him to our list,” Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “Like many international players he has had to endure difficult circumstances over the past year and we look forward to giving him the opportunity to compete in a new environment.

Before any right-back, Hernandez joins after the Five Stripes sent Franco Escobar on loan to Argentina’s Old Boys club Newell for the 2021 season. While playing time was hard to come by in Aberdeen, he could have better situation in his new club.

“From a personal point of view Ronald has been a great player to work with, but we have to recognize that he made a number of personal sacrifices in Scotland, including having to spend alone in Aberdeen,” said the manager. Aberdeen, Derek McInnes. A liberation. “Due to visa restrictions due to the pandemic, he had not seen his wife or young daughter for almost a year until he was granted compassionate care leave in December, and the impact sustainability of this should not be underestimated. “

At Stabæk, Hernandez made 61 appearances in all competitions in three seasons. He started his professional career with Zamora FC, the Venezuelan side of the Primera Division, where he played from 2015 to 17.

Atlanta United are entering their first season under the direction of Argentine coach Gabriel Heinze. They are looking to return to the Audi MLS Cup playoffs, missing last year after winning the MLS Cup in 2018.

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