Hartford Athletic looks to string together back-to-back wins in Championship matches for the first time in Club history when it heads to Saint Louis on Sunday evening. Athletic took down Saint Louis when the two clubs first met in June. Here's everything you need to know about this week's match:
HARTFORD ATHLETIC at SAINT LOUIS FC
Date: Sunday, September 1
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Location: West Community Stadium, Fenton, MO
Local TV: None
WHERE TO WATCH:
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City Steam Brewery and Cafe, 942 Main St., Hartford
TK's American Cafe, 255 White St., Danbury
2nd Bridge Brewing Co., 642 Hilliard St., Manchester
Lakeview Restaurant & Bar, 50 Lake St., Coventry
LAST TIME OUT:
Hartford Athletic captured a 3-2 victory over Atlanta United 2 in front of a near capacity crowd of 4,810 at Dillon Stadium on Saturday. The Boys in Green took the lead early as Ryan Williams buried a penalty in the 27th minute. The tide turned early in the second half as Atlanta scored two goals in two minutes to reclaim the lead off the feet of Carleton (57’) and Vázquez (59’). The hero Wojtek Wojcik entered the match in the 68th minute and found himself alone in front of the net burying a beautiful header off a cross from Jose Angulo. Wojcik found himself on the end of another cross -- this time by Elliott Hord -- bagging his second of the match (89’) on a glancing header to steal it at the death.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Hartford Athletic - Cody Cropper, GK
Cropper made a number of masterful saves in his Hartford Athletic USL Championship debut last Saturday. It was Cropper's first start since May 4th where he started for the New England Revolution. Cropper has made a great connection with the Hartford Athletic back line and has a great chance to keep a struggling Saint Louis offense at bay.
Saint Louis FC - Kyle Greig, F
Saint Louis will need offense from someone to start turning things around after notching just three goals over its past five games. Despite averaging 305 minutes per goal this season, Greig seems as likely as anyone to take advantage. STLFC’s 2018 leading scorer will likely get plenty of chances to add to his tally of five goals this campaign.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT:
The month of August has not been kind to Saint Louis FC who were winless in five matches (0-3-2). The offensive firepower that powered them to the top of the table early in the season seems to be gone as well. Saint Louis has scored two or more goals in a match only twice since the beginning of July. The Hartford Athletic defense, which has allowed 11 goals in their last three Championship matches, will be a welcome sight. Sunday’s match also marks the first of three matches in 7 days for Saint Louis who sit four points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Updates on the match will be provided via Twitter @hfdathletic or by following #STLvHFD