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Hartford Athletic is an American professional soccer team based in Hartford, Connecticut. The club was founded in 2018 and started play in the USL Championship in 2019.[1][2] 2012 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and former Oklahoma City Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen is the head coach of the team.[3]

Hartford Athletic
Hartford Athletic logo.svg
Full nameHartford Athletic
FoundedJuly 11, 2018; 14 months ago (2018-07-11)
StadiumDillon Stadium
OwnerHartford Sports Group
Head coachJimmy Nielsen
LeagueUSL Championship
WebsiteClub website
Current season



The club plays on the grounds of Dillon Stadium, with a capacity of 5,500.[4] The 1935 stadium was renovated and re-opened on On July 13, 2019, despite the fact that the stadium was not completely finished.[5]. Lights were completed and first used for the stadium's first night game on September 14, 2019 (Hartford Athletic vs. Loudon United.).

During the construction of Dillon Stadium, the Athletic plyed their home games at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. They played their first home game in front of more than 11,000 supporters. [6]


Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019–present Adidas Trinity Health of New England[7]

Players and staffEdit


As of June 13, 2019[8]
No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Kyle Curinga   United States
3 Defender Raymond Lee   United States
4 Defender Sem de Wit   Netherlands
5 Midfielder Tyler David   United States
7 Forward Sebastian Dalgaard   Denmark
8 Midfielder Mads Jørgensen   Denmark
9 Forward José Angulo   Colombia
10 Midfielder Philip Rasmussen   Denmark
11 Forward Alex Dixon   United States
12 Forward Wojciech Wojcik   Poland
14 Midfielder Ryan Williams   England
16 Goalkeeper Mike Novotny   United States
17 Midfielder Jonathan Brown   Wales
18 Goalkeeper Jacob Lissek   United States
19 Forward Mac Steeves   United States
21 Midfielder Nicky Downs   United States
22 Goalkeeper Cody Cropper (on loan from New England Revolution)   United States
23 Midfielder Collin Martin (on loan from Minnesota United)   United States
24 Defender Logan Gdula (on loan from FC Cincinnati)   United States
26 Defender Elliott Hord (on loan from Sacramento Republic)   United States
33 Defender Harry Swartz   United States
44 Defender Alex Davey   Scotland
46 Midfielder Dan Bedoya (on loan from New York City FC)   Colombia
80 Midfielder Danny Barrera   United States
92 Forward Giuseppe Gentile   United States

Out on loanEdit

No. Position Player Nation
15 Defender Klisman Sousa (on loan to FC Tucson)   Cape Verde
20 Defender Scott DeVoss (on loan to FC Tucson)   United States

Team managementEdit

Front office
Owners Joseph Calafiore
Bruce Mandell
Scott Schooley
Coaching staff
Head coach Jimmy Nielsen
Assistant coach Chris Spendlove
Goalkeeper coach George Kostelis
Technical advisor Paul Buckle

Last updated: January 17, 2019
Source: [1]

Head coachesEdit

  • Includes USL regular season, USL playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Jimmy Nielsen   Denmark September 5, 2018 present 24 4 16 4 016.67

Club captainsEdit

Years Name Nation
2019 Philip Rasmussen   Denmark

Supporters GroupsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Hartford Joins USL For 2019 Season at Dillon Stadium". Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pro Soccer Team Announced For Hartford, Set To Begin Play In 2019". Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Hartford Athletic Appoints Nielsen as Head Coach". Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "What's next for Dillon Stadium and Hartford Athletic? A turf field, players and more". Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Anthony, Mike. "Mike Anthony: Hartford had it Saturday, and our new soccer team had a lot to do with it". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hartford Athletic Hosts First Home Game". Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Hartford Athletic roster". Hartford Athletic. Retrieved June 13, 2019.

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