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Hartford City FC Joins Major Arena Soccer League; Will Play At XL Center

HARTFORD — expert soccer is going back to Hartford.

At a press seminar Wednesday at XL Center, Hartford City FC announced that it'll be joining the most important Arena Soccer League and working toward account in the us Soccer League.

"you realize the old appearance — you develop it, they're going to come, " Hartford City FC president Mitch Anderson stated. "We didn't build the XL Center, but we're creating a team right here and let's see if every person will come. I think they are going to."

Hartford City FC will begin play in the MASL in November. It will probably play 10 domiciles games on XL Center from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28. The MASL is a 23-team league that plays a 20-game period and has now a six-team postseason.

"Our goal is place an excellent group in the field and possess that team reach out to the community and establish a lot of professionalism, " Anderson stated. "The interior online game is a very interesting game — it is an extremely lively online game. If the excitement plus goal-scoring can get the complete Connecticut and Hartford region into football, let's do so."

The arena team is just first, in accordance with Anderson and vast majority owner James Duckett Jr. Anderson stated the group hopes to be playing in a fresh soccer-only outside center on the site for the old Dillon Stadium by 2017.

"Our eventual program had been always to construct a soccer-specific arena, " Anderson said. "We curently have the drawings, we now have every thing all done, we have everything all set to go, and we're dealing with the city to complete everything. Therefore our plan is always to develop a soccer-specific arena in Hartford."

The team is hoping that demolition on the Dillon Stadium web site may turn in the next couple of weeks.

"we are hoping that October-November of 2016 the arena will likely be very nearly done to the point that people can test it and acquire it prepared and fine-tune it after which kick into overdrive, " Anderson said.

Anderson thinks the group is within an excellent position for accepted into the league.

"[NASL commissioner] Bill Peterson made it known openly that he seems Hartford is an excellent location because of what goes on at Rentschler [Field] aided by the U.S. group to arrive, " Anderson said.

Anderson was accompanied on hit seminar by Duckett, coach Paul Wright and player Tommy Williams due to the fact staff revealed its new jersey, featuring the Colt Armory dome in the front regarding the shirt.

Following the hit conference finished, several supporters, putting on T-shirts and group scarves, smashed call at cheers and chants.

"The timing is [for this], " Duckett said once the chants continued.

Anderson, that has lived in the Hartford location yesteryear 25 many years, has actually wished to bring a group on community the past 12 months 11 many years, however the program sped up when he came across with Duckett, whom has Black Diamond consulting in Somers.

"When we discussed it I had to check out it and evaluate the whole circumstance and ingest it when i did so that, it just made feeling, " Duckett said.

Neither man is a Connecticut native, but both consented Hartford ended up being ready for a group.

"Connecticut, Hartford requires soccer — it really is a huge market, " Duckett said. "this can be huge for Hartford. They are going to support it."

Anderson, a businessman and former expert player, who lives in Farmington, thought that a void is made if the Connecticut Wolves left hawaii. He tried to get a team into the state in 2004, however it don't workout.

"it simply was not the proper time, " Anderson stated.

It absolutely was the best time this winter season. The timing struggled to obtain Duckett, just who played in NFL and exposed a consulting business in Connecticut a lot more than a decade ago.

"It wasn't a hard decision, " Duckett stated. "it's the perfect time using World Cup and exactly what is going down when you look at the state. Soccer isn't just huge at the youth degree but skillfully it is huge. It just made sense."

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