Hartford Athletic

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] It is the only pro soccer team in Connecticut.

Hartford Athletic
Hartford Athletic logo.svg
Full nameHartford Athletic
FoundedJuly 11, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-07-11)
StadiumDillon Stadium
Capacity5,500
OwnerHartford Sports Group
Head coachHarry Watling
LeagueUSL Championship
20215th, Atlantic Division
9th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

On June 8, 2021, Hartford Athletic announced they will be fielding a women's side to compete in the new USL W League beginning in 2022.[3]

StadiumEdit

The club plays on the grounds of Dillon Stadium, with a capacity of 5,500.[4] The 1935 stadium was renovated and reopened on July 13, 2019, despite the fact 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. Louisville City FC).[6]

During the construction of Dillon Stadium, Athletic played home games at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. They played their first home game in front of more than 11,000 supporters.[7]

Hartford's first U.S. Open Cup match in 2019, which was also the first win in club history, was played at Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford.[8]

SponsorshipEdit

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019–2021 Adidas Trinity Health of New England[9]
2022– Hummel[10]

Players and staffEdit

 
Hartford Athletic players before a 2021 match

RosterEdit

As of November 4, 2021[11]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Carlos Merancio   Mexico
2 DF Alex Lara   United States
3 DF Younes Boudadi   Morocco
4 DF Nicolás Cardona   Puerto Rico
5 MF Nii Armah Ashitey   Ghana
6 MF Arthur Rogers   England
7 FW Bradford Jamieson IV   United States
8 MF Christian Gómez   Venezuela
9 FW Sebastian Elney   Haiti
10 MF Danny Barrera   United States
11 MF Luka Prpa   United States
12 GK Matt Lampson   United States
13 GK Jeff Caldwell   United States
15 DF Walid Yacoubou   Togo
16 MF Gabriel Torres   Brazil
17 FW Alfonso Vazquez   United States
18 FW Walmer Martinez   El Salvador
19 MF Kenan Hot ([A])   United States
20 DF Thomas Janjigian   United States
21 MF Jaciel Cedeño   Ecuador
22 DF Richie Schlentz   United States
23 FW Tabort Etaka Preston   Cameroon
24 FW Darwin Lom   Guatemala
28 MF Conor McGlynn   United States
29 FW Juan Carlos Obregón Jr.   Honduras
30 DF Ashkanov Apollon   Haiti
31 GK Sebastian Pliszka ([A])   United States
  1. ^
    USL Academy player

Team managementEdit

Front office
Owners Joseph Calafiore
Bruce Mandell
Scott Schooley
Coaching staff
Head coach Harry Watling
Assistant coach Jon Stead
Goalkeeper coach Enzo Pereira
Strength & conditioning coach Joe Lucas Santos
Athletic trainer Kevin Hoffmann
Technical director Luiz Silva
Technical advisor Paul Buckle

Last updated: January 7, 2021
Source: [1]

Club captainsEdit

Years Name Nation
2019 Philip Rasmussen   Denmark
20202021 Danny Barrera   United States

Club cultureEdit

 
Supporters at a 2021 match

The supporters for Hartford Athletic are split between five groups based on their geographical location within the state of Connecticut:

  • The 19th Regiment – The first supporters group founded in early 2019 shortly after the announcement of the club. Today, it represents supporters based out of the Greater Hartford area and Northern Connecticut.
  • Mad Hat Massive – Independent supporters group representing members from Fairfield and Litchfield counties, with their home pub hosting the official supporters away days watch parties at TK's American Cafe in Danbury where the Jell-O Shot tradition began. Members of the Independent Supporters’ Council.
  • The Boonies – Members of the Mad Hat Massive in the greater Torrington area.
  • Elm City Casuals – Independent supporters based out of the Greater New Haven area. They’re independent. They like pizza and riding trains. Members of the Independent Supporters’ Council.
  • East Side Rising – Supporters group founded in 2020 to represent Eastern Connecticut, nicknamed "A Family of Fans."
  • Raza Brava – Latino-centric supporters group representing the greater Hartford area.

Each group is separately managed but they stand and chant together on the east end of Dillon Stadium for home matches.

Among the notable chants used is the "Brass Bonanza," a melody sung by the supporters groups after scoring a goal, which was also used for the former NHL team in the city, the Hartford Whalers, for the same circumstances. The groups also use Bob Marley's classic "Three Little Birds" for the beginning of matches and when the opposing team scores. [12]

Team recordsEdit

Year-by-yearEdit

As of October 30, 2021
Season USL Championship Play-offs U.S. Open Cup Top Scorer
P W L D GF GA Pts Position Player Goals
2019 34 8 21 5 49 80 29 17th, Eastern Did not qualify Third Round   Wojciech Wojcik 7
2020 16 11 3 2 31 24 35 1st, Group F Conference Quarterfinals Not played   Alex Dixon 6
2021 32 12 15 5 50 50 41 5th, Atlantic Did not qualify Not played   Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. 10

Head coach recordEdit

  • 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 October 27, 2019 36 9 22 5 025.00
Radhi Jaïdi   Tunisia November 8, 2019 October 19, 2020 16 11 3 2 068.75
Harry Watling   England January 13, 2021 Current 32 12 15 5 037.50

Average attendanceEdit

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
2019 5,025 ––
2020 1,351* 2,194
  • Quarter capacity for 2020 season

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "USL announces return of the W League from 2022 – SportsPro Media". www.sportspromedia.com. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  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". courant.com. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Hartford Athletic (September 14, 2019). "RECAP: Hartford Athletic Falls in First Dillon Stadium Match Under the Lights". Hartford Athletic.
  7. ^ "Hartford Athletic Hosts First Home Game". Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "Hartford Athletic vs. New York Cosmos – Football Match Summary – May 14, 2019 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  9. ^ Athletic, Hartford (February 27, 2019). "Hartford Athletic Announces Trinity Health of New England as Title Partner". Hartford Athletic | Connecticut's Professional Soccer Team.
  10. ^ https://www.hartfordathletic.com/news_article/show/1195358
  11. ^ "Roster". HartfordAthletic.com. Hartford Athletic. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
  12. ^ "Hartford Athletic Supporters Make Their Mark During Inaugural Season". NBC Connecticut. September 9, 2019.

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