USL Championship: Hartford Athletic's turnaround continues

The surprise of the 2020 USL Championship season since its restart is Hartford Athletic, which improved to 4-1-0 with a 4-1 win over Loudoun United on Sunday.

Two goals from Ever Guzman in the first 18 minutes gave Hartford an insurmountable lead. Danny Barrera added a goal and assists on both Guzman goals.  Alfonso Vazquez, an 18-year-old product of nearby Wethersfield High School, completed the scoring.

Barrera is one of only four starters against Loudoun United who were with Hartford in 2019 when it had an 8-21-5 record to finish with the third worst record in the 36-team USL Championship.

Hartford Athletic's head coach is former Tunisian international Radhi Jaidi, who took over last November.

Hartford XI vs. Loudoun United
PLAYER (2019 TEAM)
Parfait Mandanda (Sporting Charleroi/BEL, loan)
Kevin Politz (Greenville Triumph)
Matheus Silva (Orlando City B)
Alex Lara (CSUN)
Gabriel Torres (Chattanooga FC)
Conor McGlynn (Siena College)
Mads Jorgensen (Hartford Athletic)
Harry Swartz (Hartford Athletic)
Danny Barrera (Hartford Athletic)
Ever Guzman (San Antonio FC)
Alex Dixon (Hartford Athletic)

Hartford's only defeat was a 4-1 loss at Indy Eleven, which leads the overall USL Championship standings with 15 points. Hartford is second with 12 points and two games in hand.

USL Championship standings:
GROUP A
1 Reno 1868 FC 3-1-0, 9 points
2 Sac Republic FC 1-1-3, 6 points
3 Tacoma Defiance 1-2-1, 4 points
4 Timbers 2 0-3-0, 9 points

GROUP B
1 San Diego Loyal 3-1-2, 11 points
2 Phoenix Rising 3-1-1, 10 points
3 LA Galaxy II 3-1-0, 9 points
4 Orange County SC  1-0-2, 3 points
5 Las Vegas Lights 0-2-1, 1 point

GROUP C
1 New Mexico United  3-1-1, 10 points
2 El Paso Locomotive 1-2-2, 5 points
3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1-2-1, 4 points
4 Real Monarchs 1-2-1, 4 points

GROUP D
1 San Antonio FC 3-0-1, 10 points
2 FC Tulsa 1-0-2 5 points
3 OKC Energy FC 1-2-2, 5 points
4 Austin Bold FC 1-2-0, 3 points
5  Rio Grande Valley FC 0-4-2, 2 points

GROUP E
1 Indy Eleven 5-2-0, 15 points
2 Saint Louis FC 3-2-0, 9 points
3 Sporting KC II  2-3-0, 6 points
4 Louisville City 2-3-0, 6 points

GROUP F

1 Hartford Athletic 4-1-0, 12 points
2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-2-0, 9 points
3 NY Red Bulls II 2-2-0, 6 points
4 Loudoun United 0-2-1, 1 point
5 Philadelphia Union II 0-4-1, 1 point

GROUP G
1 Birmingham Legion 2-1-1, 7 points
2 Memphis 901 FC 1-2-2, 5 points
3 Charlotte Independence 1-0-1, 4 points
4 North Carolina FC 1-1-1, 4 points

GROUP H
1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-0-2, 11 points
2 Charleston Battery 2-2-0, 6 points
3 Atlanta United 2 1-3-1, 4 points
4 The Miami FC 0-2-0, 0 points

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1 comment about "USL Championship: Hartford Athletic's turnaround continues".
  1. Ron Frechette, August 3, 2020 at 2:02 p.m.

    Alfonso Vazquez is from Windham High School not from Wethersfield. He touched my HS team last fall. 
    It's tough to explain to a Football AD why one player on the other team is scoring so many goals against your team. His talent was obvious and it's great to see him making it at the USL level. I could not get my AD to understand how good of a player he is... 

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