The new United Soccer League team that will play home games in a re-constructed Dillon Stadium will be called Hartford Athletic.
“The name ‘athletic’ is used around the world for clubs that support youth development. It’s so critical to our vision as a team to develop youth, to help develop the city,” said Bruce Mandell, the team’s owner. “We’re going to develop our team and also our front office. We want to people who want to grow and build—just like the city of Hartford is doing.”
The team is set to join the USL with five other new teams for the 2019 season. Mandell said that fans have already bought 1,000 season tickets.
Hartford Athletic soccer kits will feature blue and green—the colors of the old Whalers and now, the Hartford Yard Goats.