Ronald Hernandez pledges to give more to Atlanta United

Atlanta United fullback Ronald Hernandez runs with the ball during the opening-day match Saturday against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (Photo by Dakota Williams/Atlanta United)

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Atlanta United fullback Ronald Hernandez runs with the ball during the opening-day match Saturday against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (Photo by Dakota Williams/Atlanta United)

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Atlanta United fullback Ronald Hernandez pledged to give more to the team Sunday against Charlotte at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Hernandez started the first two games, a 3-1 win Feb. 27 against Sporting KC and Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Colorado, on the right side of the formation.

“Every day I come here to improve myself,” he said. “Of course, my job is to be better every day on the field but also as a person.”

Hernandez is tied for second on the team in key passes (2) and first in completed passes into the 18-yard box (4). He said his stats and production will improve as he gets to learn his teammates. Hernandez was on the team last season while on loan from Aberdeen but appeared in only 13 games for 634 minutes. He already has totaled 180 minutes since he was purchased in the offseason.

In the first game, Hernandez had Luiz Araujo, and then Dom Dwyer, and then Brooks Lennon ahead of him as right wingers. Last week, he had Lennon. It can take time to build chemistry and an understanding of tendencies.

“It will take time, for sure,” he said.

Hernandez said he feels the team lost its concentration against Colorado, which is why the performance was one of its worst under manager Gonzalo Pineda.

He said the team started well until Colorado’s first goal, then he felt it lost a bit of confidence. The team started the second half well in an attempt to find a tying goal, but Colorado took advantage of a turnover to score the second goal. That broke Atlanta United’s concentration again.

“We know the quality we have in the team, we know as a group we are a family, so we need to bounce back in the weekend,” he said.

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Atlanta United’s 2022 MLS schedule

Feb. 27 Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 1

March 5 Colorado 3, Atlanta United 0

March 13 vs. Charlotte, 4:30 p.m., FS1

March 19 vs. Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

April 2 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

April 10 at Charlotte, 1:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN Deportes

April 16 vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

April 24 at Miami, 1 p.m., ESPN

April 30 at Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

May 7 vs. Chicago, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

May 15 vs. New England, 2 p.m., ESPN

May 21 at Nashville, 7:30 p.m. FOX

May 28 vs. Columbus Crew, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

June 19 vs. Miami, 4 p.m., ESPN2

June 25 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

June 30 at New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 3 at NYCFC, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 9 vs. Austin, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 13 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

July 17 vs. Orlando, 3 p.m., ABC

July 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 9:30 p.m., FS1

July 30 at Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC

Aug. 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Aug. 21 at Columbus, 6 p.m., FS1

Aug. 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV

Aug. 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4 at Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX

Sept. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 14 at Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Sept. 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas

Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE