Hartford Athletic has signed Cameroonian Forward Tabort Etaka Preston pending league and federation approval.
Preston’s top season in the USL Championship came in 2019 as a member of Las Vegas Lights FC. In 31 league appearances with Las Vegas, Preston scored eight goals and recorded three assists in 2,249 minutes played. The 21-year-old also added 34 key passes over the course of the season for the Lights.
“Preston has an X factor. He’s an exciting attacking player who will be a fan favorite,” said Hartford Athletic Head Coach Harry Watling. “Adding goals and assists to the roster was key and in Preston, I trust his ability to do exactly that.”
The forward has also spent time in the Albanian first division with KS Kastrioti Kruje where he played during the 2018-19 season. In addition, the Cameroon native has represented his country at the U-20 level where he made three appearances at the African U-20 Cup of Nations in 2017. He signed with San Antonio FC to start the 2020 season, but mutually parted ways with the club shortly after the season’s restart.
Hartford Athletic has now signed the following players for the 2021 season:
Forward: Tabort Etaka Preston, 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.