Atlanta purchase Venezuelan defender Ronald Hernandez on loan from Aberdeen FC

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing

Atlanta United have signed Venezuela national team defender Ronald Hernandez on loan from Scotland’s Aberdeen FC for the 2021 season, the membership introduced Thursday.

Hernandez, 23, has made 17 appearances for Venezuela and logged six appearances within the Scottish Premiership since becoming a member of Aberdeen in January 2020 from Norwegian membership Stabæk. Atlanta United and Aberdeen beforehand entered right into a strategic partnership forward of the 2020 season.

“Ronald is a young, gifted defender and we’re happy so as to add him to our roster,” vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a launch. “Like many international players, he needed to endure tough circumstances over the last year and we’re keen to present him a possibility to compete in a new setting.”

Primarily a proper back, Hernandez joins after the 5 Stripes sent Franco Escobar on loan to Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys for the 2021 season. Whereas taking part in time was hard to come by at Aberdeen, he might have a greater state of affairs at his new membership.

“From a private point of view, Ronald has been a great player to work with, however we should acknowledge he made a number of private sacrifices whereas in Scotland, not least having to spend lockdown in Aberdeen on his own,” Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said in a launch. “Due to visa restrictions due to the pandemic, he had not seen his spouse or young daughter in virtually a year till he was given compassionate leave in December, and the lasting impression of that shouldn’t be underestimated.”

Whereas at Stabæk, Hernandez made 61 appearances throughout all competitions in three seasons. He started his skilled career at Venezuelan Primera Division side Zamora FC, the place he played from 2015-17.

Atlanta United are coming into their first season under Argentine manager Gabriel Heinze. They’re seeking to return to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, missing out last year after beforehand winning MLS Cup in 2018.

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