HARTFORD, Conn. – Hartford Athletic have signed defender Pele Ousmanou to a long-term contract ahead of the 2024 season, pending league and federation approval.
“I’m excited to begin this journey in American soccer,” said Ousmanou. “I want to thank Coach Burke for giving me an amazing opportunity to prove myself at such a high level and play the game I love.”
The 19 year old Cameroonian comes to Hartford after spending the 2023 season with Elite Falcons FC of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Football Association. He played a total of 1,130 minutes across 13 matches and scored a goal.
“Pele is very versatile technically and can play multiple positions across the back and in midfield,” said Head Coach and General Manager Brendan Burke. “He has a very high IQ from a positional standpoint and great range of passing. We expect that he will challenge our otherwise experienced group of defenders right away.”
Burke added, “It is vitally important that USL continue to identify, develop, and promote top teenaged talents that will go on to play at the highest levels of soccer worldwide. We feel like we are contributing to that push with this promising young player.”
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