Welcome back to the Mailbag! After this week we only have two more weeks left until the end of our inaugural season here in Hartford so make sure to get your questions in at www.hartfordathletic.com/mailbag. Let's get to this week's questions:
Kevin W. asks, "With the season winding down and playoffs out of reach, how do you keep a team focused on the final matches to produce the best possible results?"
Coach Nielsen: The guys on this team are obviously disappointed that the playoffs are out of reach, but they know that they play these last few matches at Dillon Stadium for our incredible fans who show up each week. Of course, they're playing for their futures as well, but when you see fans show up at the airport after games to welcome you home, when you see fans clad in Green and Blue, jumping and cheering for 90 minutes in the cold and rain of an October evening in New England, it's very easy to stay motivated and do the best you can for your loyal supporters. You've done that for us all year, so the least we can do is finish the year out strong for you.
Brian A. asks, "Will the game against Portmore be shown on ESPN+?"
The game against Portmore will not be shown on ESPN+. At the moment, there is no TV broadcast for the match so make sure to get your tickets at www.hartfordathletic.com/portmore so you don't miss out!
@Tjraymond11 asks, "Will we be able to get HA jerseys with our favorite players names on them at some point?"
Unfortunately, we will not be customizing jerseys this season. However, if you have a jersey you want customized you are welcome to take it to any of the TeamSports locations (Farmington, Glastonbury, and West Springfield) where they have the capability of customizing for a fee.
NEXT HOME MATCH:
The Boys in Green are back home on Saturday, October 19th for the final USL Championship match of our inaugural season. Playoff-bound Tampa Bay Rowdies come to Dillon Stadium for a 7 PM kickoff. Saturday night is also Fan Appreciation Night, with a special Buy-One, Get-One Free ticket offer. So find a friend and click here to get your tickets and enjoy the final weeks of professional soccer in Hartford in 2019!