CHATTANOOGA, Tn. (Apr. 9, 2021) – The Chattanooga Red Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Venezuelan midfielder Andrés Hernández. Transaction pending league and federation approval.
“Andres is such a great addition to our midfield,” said Red Wolves GM & President Sean McDaniel. “We scouted players across two continents looking for Andres so having him alongside Carerra, Villalobos, Ualefi, Paez, Cartagena and España gives us depth like we’ve never seen before. He’s such a valuable component to what Coach Obleda is building. Our fans will not be disappointed.”
Hernández was born in Santiago de León de Caracas, Venezuela. The central midfielder boasts an impressive international resume ranging from the top-flight Primera División de Venezuela to the Swedish second division, Liga Superettan. Hernandez’s career took off when he joined San Agustin FC’s U17 team and helped the club to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. After a successful championship run, Hernandez joined Real Esppor Club’s U20 team and once again led the club to back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012. The club’s performance saw them participate in the prestigious Copa Libertadores in 2012. Hernandez was promoted to Real Esspor’s first team in 2012. It was a dream debut for Hernandez netting a goal in the Copa Venezuela in his first appearance.
He was then transferred to Portuguesa FC of the Venezuelan second division. No stranger to winning championships, Hernandez helped Portuguesa win the league to secure promotion to the Venezulan first division. He spent four years with Portguesa before transferring overseas to Ik Frej Tåby of the Swedish second division. It was a short stint in Sweden before he transferred to Club Atlético Independiente la Chorrera (CAI) of the Panama first division. CAI and Hernandez participated in the Concacaf Scotiabank Champions League in 2019. Hernandez made his way back to Venezuela after a transfer to first division club, Aragua FC in 2020 where he played last before joining the Red Wolves.
“It’s an incredible opportunity and a beautiful challenge both personally and professionally. I’m very happy to be part of this team and I hope to win plenty of titles together,” said Hernández. “I’d like to personally reserve my personal goals and objectives for this upcoming 2022 season, but I can assure everyone that I will give this club my absolute all so we can compete as a team and succeed in everything we do.”
“Hernandez brings a wealth of experience and knowledge for such a young age to the team having played international tournaments like the South American Cup and Copa Libertadores,” said Red Wolves Head Coach Jimmy Obleda. “We are very excited about what he’s going to bring to the team on the field and off the field. Once he is fully fit he’s going to be very important to the team!”
Hernández joins newcomers Brian Bement, Moe, Espinoza, Tor Saunders, Nicolás Cardona, Tim Murray, Aaron Lombardi, Josue Cartagena, Pedro Hernandez, Jonny Guadarrama, Carlos Avilez, DJ Benton, Jorge Paez and returning players David Texeira, Ualefi, Jimmie Villalobos, Daniel Navarro, Josue España, Jorge Luna, Sebastian Capozucchi, Rey Ortíz, Rafa Mentzingen, Juan Galindrez, and José Carrera-García. Stay up to date with all Red Wolves news on our website www.chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com and on social media @ChattRedWolves via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.