Hartford Athletic has signed 22-year-old midfielder Luka Prpa pending league and federation approval.
After a decorated collegiate career at Marquette University, Prpa played his rookie season with Western Conference side Rio Grande Valley FC Toros in 2020. He appeared in ten matches, starting seven, and recorded two goals and an assist in 569 minutes. He was also tied for second on the team with thirteen chances created.
During his four years at Marquette, Prpa was named All-Big East First Team, All-Big East Second Team (2x), All-Big East Freshman Team and Big East Freshman of the Year. He scored 18 goals and had 21 assists over four years. The Houston Dynamo selected him with the 34th overall pick of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. In his youth career, Luka was a member of the U-14, U-15, and U-17 national teams.
“Luka is exactly the type of player I wanted to bring to Hartford,” said Hartford Athletic Head Coach Harry Watling. “He is technically and tactically capable of carrying out the philosophy we want to implement and a player who will give everything for the shirt. He’s young, fearless, and exciting with the ball and shows bright imagination. We have a good one in Luka!”
Hartford Athletic has now signed the following players for the 2021 season:
Forward: Alfonso Vazquez
Midfielder: Nii Armah Ashitey, Danny Barrera, Conor McGlynn, Luka Prpa, Arthur Rogers, Gabriel Torres
Defender: Younes Boudadi, Thomas Janjigian, Alex Lara
Goalkeeper: Jeff Caldwell, Carlos Merancio
More signings will be announced in the coming weeks.