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Hartford Athletic to host Puerto Rican national team on August 17

Hartford Athletic will host the Puerto Rican national team at Dillon Stadium on August 17.

HARTFORD, July 31 – The Hartford Athletic professional soccer team will host the Puerto Rico national men’s soccer team in a special international friendly match on Saturday, August 17, at 5 p.m. at Dillon Stadium. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go toward hurricane relief.

“Connecticut is home to among the largest and most vibrant Puerto Rican populations, and we are so proud and excited to welcome the Puerto Rican national team to Hartford in our inaugural season,” said Bruce Mandell, Hartford Athletic’s chairman and CEO. “It is our mission to bring our community together through the world’s game and what better way to do it than to host an international friendly that will be a celebration of Puerto Rican culture.”

The international friendly will be the first ever for Hartford Athletic and will continue in a series of matches against clubs from all over the world that will take place each season. Hartford Athletic plays in the United Soccer League’s (USL) Championship Division.

Major League Soccer (MLS) is considered a Division I league and USL Championship is considered Division II.

“This will be a landmark event for Dillon Stadium, and a great opportunity to celebrate and recognize our Puerto Rican community,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. “I want to thank Hartford Athletic and everyone involved in making this special event possible.”

Hartford Athletic is 3-15-4 in their first season as a professional team. The Puerto Rican national team’s most recent contest was a 2-0 loss to Grenada in CONCACAF Nation League’s qualifying in March. Their most recent friendly was a 6-1 loss to Orlando City in November 2017.

You can get tickets for the game beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. from hartfordathletic.com/PuertoRico.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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