AC Connecticut, in which Inter CT are partnered with at the USL Academy level has officially announced a partnership with USL Championship side Hartford Athletic. The partnership will focus on developing a pro pathway, player opportunities, training, friendlies and more.
"The power of this affiliation is on building a direct pathway to professional soccer in Connecticut through the USL platform, contributing to the development of young players and maximizing their chances to effectively transition to the professional level," said Luiz Silva, Hartford Athletic Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting and Performance Analysis. "This is a very exciting and important step for our club."
Hartford Athletic will work with Inter CT & AC Connecticut to create a pathway to the pros. As an affiliate to the USL Academy team, Inter CT players will have the opportunity to participate in training sessions with the Hartford Athletic first team and Hartford will also support Inter CT’s recruitment processes. "The support of their recruitment process is a win-win situation where our networking and scouting processes can support their roster planning and we monitor closer potential targets for Hartford Athletic," Silva added.
The partnership cements a path to professional soccer for Inter CT players through the USL Academy and now on to Connecticut's professional USL Championship side. The recent and first signing of Inter CT player, Surya Balaji is proof of the concept and affiliation is working.
The proximity of Inter CT, AC Connecticut and Hartford allows us to share scouting and sporting resources, and certainly provides an opportunity for our USL Academy and AC Connecticut’s League Two players to be monitored by Hartford's technical staff.
Read more about Inter CT’s involvement in the USL Academy here: https://www.interctfc.com/uslacademy