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]

Hartford Athletic
Full nameHartford Athletic
FoundedJuly 11, 2018 (2018-07-11)
StadiumDillon Stadium
OwnerHartford Sports Group
Head coachRadhi Jaïdi
LeagueUSL Championship
201917th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website


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 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]


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

Players and staff


As of December 9, 2019[8]
No. Position Player Nation
8 Midfielder Mads Jørgensen  Denmark
11 Forward Alex Dixon  United States
16 Goalkeeper Mike Novotny  United States
21 Midfielder Nicky Downs  United States
33 Midfielder Harry Swartz  United States
44 Defender Alex Davey  Scotland
80 Midfielder Danny Barrera  United States
Forward Dre Deas  United States
Defender Alex Lara  United States
Midfielder Aiden Mesias  England
Defender Kevin Politz  United States
Defender Sam Strong  United States
Defender Gabriel Torres  Brazil

Team management

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

Last updated: January 17, 2019

Club captains

Years Name Nation
2019 Philip Rasmussen  Denmark

Club culture

The supporters for Hartford Athletic are split between three 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.
  • Elm City Casuals - Independent supporters based out of the Greater New Haven area. They’re independent. They like pizza and riding trains.

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


As of October 30, 2019
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

Head coach record

  • 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 0 0 0 0 !

Average attendance

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
2019 5,025 ––

See also


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