Hartford Athletic

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Hartford Athletic
Hartford Athletic logo.svg
Full nameHartford Athletic
FoundedJuly 11, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-07-11)
StadiumDillon Stadium
Capacity5,500
OwnerHartford Sports Group
Head coachRadhi Jaïdi
LeagueUSL Championship
20202nd, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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] They are the only pro soccer team in Connecticut.

Stadium[edit]

The club plays on the grounds of Dillon Stadium, with a capacity of 5,500.[3] The 1935 stadium was renovated and re-opened on July 13, 2019, despite the fact that the stadium was not completely finished.[4]. Lights were completed and first used for the stadium's first night game on September 14, 2019 (Hartford Athletic vs. Louisville City FC).[5]

During the construction of Dillon Stadium, the Athletic played 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]

Sponsorship[edit]

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

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of September 9, 2020[8]
No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Alex Lara  United States
3 Defender Matheus Silva  Brazil
4 Defender Kevin Politz  United States
6 Midfielder Arthur Rogers  England
7 Midfielder Noah Paravicini  United States
8 Midfielder Mads Jørgensen  Denmark
9 Forward Mac Steeves  United States
10 Midfielder Danny Barrera  United States
11 Forward Alex Dixon  United States
16 Midfielder Gabriel Torres  Brazil
17 Forward Alfonso Vazquez  United States
18 Goalkeeper Mike Novotny  United States
20 Forward Markus Naglestad  Norway
21 Midfielder Nicky Downs  United States
23 Midfielder Aiden Mesias  England
24 Defender Sam Strong  United States
25 Defender Idan Cohen  Israel
28 Midfielder Conor McGlynn  United States
33 Midfielder Harry Swartz  United States
35 Goalkeeper Parfait Mandanda (on loan from Charleroi)  DR Congo
42 Forward Dre Deas  United States
88 Midfielder Tyreke Johnson (on loan from Southampton)  England
99 Forward Éver Guzmán  Mexico

Team management[edit]

Front office
Owners Joseph Calafiore
Bruce Mandell
Scott Schooley
Coaching staff
Head coach Radhi Jaïdi
Assistant coach Luiz Silva
Goalkeeper coach Eric Weingarten
Technical advisor Paul Buckle

Last updated: September 9, 2020
Source: [1]

Club captains[edit]

Years Name Nation
2019 Philip Rasmussen  Denmark
2020 Danny Barrera  United States

Club culture[edit]

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 - Latinx-centric supporters group representing the greater Hartford area

Each group is separately managed but 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 a goal. [9]

Team records[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

As of September 21, 2020
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 Poland Wojciech Wojcik 7
2020 16 11 3 2 31 24 35 1st, Group F Conference Quarterfinals Not played TBD TBD

Head coach record[edit]

  • 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 Present 16 11 3 2 068.75

Average attendance[edit]

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
2019 5,025 ––
2020 1,351 2,194

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "What's next for Dillon Stadium and Hartford Athletic? A turf field, players and more". Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "RECAP: Hartford Athletic Falls in First Dillon Stadium Match Under the Lights".
  6. ^ "Hartford Athletic Hosts First Home Game". Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.hartfordathletic.com/news_article/show/999232
  8. ^ "Roster". HartfordAthletic.com. Hartford Athletic. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  9. ^ https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Athletic-Supporters-Make-Their-Mark-During-Inaugural-Season_Hartford-559873612.html

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