Aberdeen right-back Ronald Hernandez has left Pittodrie on loan as he joins MLS side Atlanta United.

The Five Stripes, who have a partnership with the north-east club, have taken Hernandez for the entirety of the upcoming MLS season. He joined Aberdeen last year but has only made six appearances after failing to settle.

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Hernandez has been moved on to Atlanta United via a loan transfer from Aberdeen. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Manager Derek McInnes says it’s been a difficult year personally for the right-back: “Sadly, the events of 2020 and the impact of the global pandemic have undoubtedly had an impact on Ronald’s time at Pittodrie.

“When he arrived, he had just completed pre-season in Norway, and we were mid-way through the 2019/20 season, but we worked hard with him to try to develop his fitness and adapt to the Scottish game.

“However, the curtailment of the season meant his ability to make any impact on the team was limited. From a personal point of view, Ronald has been a great player to work with, but we must acknowledge he made several personal sacrifices while in Scotland, not least having to spend lockdown in Aberdeen on his own.

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 01: Ronald Hernandez of Aberdeen is challenged by Ianis Hagi of Rangers FC during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 01, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

“Because of visa restrictions due to the pandemic, he had not seen his wife or young daughter in almost a year until he was given compassionate leave in December, and the lasting impact of that should not be underestimated.”

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