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Athletic Seek Third Straight Win in North Carolina

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March 28, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Hartford Athletic News Release

Date: Friday, March 29th, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM ET

Location: WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina

Streaming: MyTV9, WTNH.com, or ESPN+

After a home opening win over Birmingham last Saturday to complete a 2-0 start to the season, Hartford Athletic head south for a matchup with North Carolina FC with a winning streak in their sights.


Hartford Athletic are coming off a 1-0 victory over Birmingham Legion FC last Saturday. The lone goal came from Michee Ngalina in the 23rd minute, slipping his shot past Matt Van Oekel after receiving a high-arching ball from Anderson Asiedu into the box. The Green and Blue were dominant in the first half, outshooting Birmingham 20 to 2 and putting seven shots on target. The attacking play was still alive for Hartford in the second half (four shots on target), but they were forced to defend a better attacking effort from Birmingham. The visitors took 16 shots and forced three saves from Paul Walters, but the rookie goalkeeper was up to the task and Hartford.

“If we perform like that, and execute tactically the way that we did and win duels on top of it, we have chance creators all over the field,” Head Coach Brendan Burke said postgame. “It should have been 3-0 at halftime, at a minimum, and if we played like that against a team like that…and we can really suffocate teams, then we’ll win most of our games.”


Hartford Athletic are 0-1-1 all-time against North Carolina FC, only facing each other in 2019 before NCFC dropped down to League One. North Carolina won the first matchup on April 27th at WakeMed Soccer Park 4-1, and the two teams tied at Rentschler Field 1-1 on June 1st. In that match, Harry Swartz scored the fastest goal in Hartford Athletic history just 15 seconds after the opening kickoff.


Hartford Athletic have started out the season with back to back clean sheets for the first time in Club history. The Club record for clean sheets in a season is nine (all by Jeff Caldwell in 2021).


Athletic’s total of 27 overall shots against Birmingham ranked second all-time in a regular season game in club history, an encouraging statistic in regards to the team’s attacking buildup play. The 45 total shots from both teams placed the game tied for eighth in the league’s all-time list for most shots in a regular season contest, and only seven off the single-game regular season record of 52 set by…

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