Johnson spent 2021 in his sixth season with the Charlotte Independence. The USL Championship veteran played in 21 games with 19 starts, totaling 1,547 minutes. The defender had 18 interceptions with seven clearances. Offensively, Johnson added three goals and three assists.
“Having admired Joel in many games against him last season, we made it a priority to make this signing. A player with a fantastic skill set & experience at many levels, we see Joel being one of the stalwarts of our side for the 2022 season. He brings us excellent delivery and great defensive play, it’s another signature we are delighted to attain.”
BEFORE HARTFORD ATHLETIC
Johnson comes to Hartford after spending an impressive six seasons with former USL Championship club Charlotte Independence. Dating back to the 2016 season, he played over 12,000 minutes across 146 games for the club. In 2021, he even added three goals to his already notable track record as a defender.