For the first time since 2019, Dillon Stadium hosted fans at full capacity and the Boys in Green put on a historic performance. In front of 5,023 screaming fans, Hartford Athletic defeated New York Red Bulls II 7-0 in a match that saw a goal and three assists for Danny Barrera, braces for Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. and Preston Tabort Etaka, and one of the best goals in club history from Conor McGlynn.
Hartford struggled through the first 15 minutes of the game according to Head Coach Harry Watling, allowing a number of opportunities to the Red Bulls II attack including two shots off the cross bar. But Hartford weathered the initial punch and dominated the rest of the way. Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. opened the scoring in the 15th minute, sneaking into the box and tapping home an assist from Gabi Torres. The goal was oddly reminiscent of the goal he scored against RBII in the season opener. The score held until stoppage time when Hartford erupted. Sebastian Elney scored against his old squad and Obregón Jr. scored just seconds later to give Hartford a 3-0 lead at the half. Captain Danny Barrera, who dominated in the midfield the entire evening, assisted both goals.
Athletic wasted no time in the second half, and it was the Skipper who got started. Barrera operated on the right side with loads of space and curled a ball to the far post and into the net for the fourth goal of the night. 10 minutes later, Conor McGlynn scored one of the best goals in the Club's short history. Noticing the keeper well out of the net, Conor chipped the keeper from his own half of the field! The ball hung in midair for what seemed like an eternity and floated just under the crossbar and out of reach of a sprinting RBII keeper for the fifth goal of the night. Preston Tabort Etaka added the final two goals of the night for Hartford.
With the win and a Tampa Bay Rowdies loss tonight, Hartford is now the only undefeated team left in the Eastern Conference. Your Boys in Green hit the road next Sunday when they take on Charlotte Independence at 7 PM. You can catch the match on WCTX MyTV9 or stream at hartfordathletic.com/watch.
Shots (On-Target): Hartford Athletic 15 (9) - 19 (2) NYRBII
Corners: Hartford Athletic 4-5 NYRBII
Fouls: Hartford Athletic 18-13 NYRBII
Offsides: Hartford Athletic 1-1 NYRBII
Possession: Hartford Athletic 36.8%-63.2% NYRBII
Passing Accuracy: Hartford Athletic 64.6%-82.2% NYRBII
Saves: Hartford Athletic 2-2 NYRBII
15' - Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. (Gabriel Torres) 1-0
45+2' - Sebastian Elney (Danny Barrera) 2-0
45+3' - Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. (Danny Barrera) 3-0
50' - Danny Barrera (Gabriel Torres) 4-0
59' - Conor McGlynn 5-0
65' - Preston Tabort Etaka 6-0
71' - Preston Tabort Etaka (Danny Barrera) 7-0
32' - Michael Knapp (Yellow)
51' - Mandela Egbo (Yellow)
58' - Arthur Rogers (Yellow)
62' - Juan Castillo (Yellow)
82' - Gabriel Torres (Yellow)
90+3' - Alex Lara (Yellow)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP:
13 (GK) Jeff Caldwell; 3 (DF) Younes Boudadi, 2 (DF) Alex Lara, 15 (DF) Tulu, 20 (DF) Thomas Janjigian, 16 (DF) Gabriel Torres; 10 (MF) Danny Barrera (Bradford Jamieson IV, 83'), 6 (MF) Arthur Rogers (Nii Armah Ashitey, 66'), 28 (MF) Conor McGlynn; 29 (FW) Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. (Preston Tabort Etaka, 55'), 9 (FW) Sebastian Elney (Alfonso Vazquez, 83')
NEW YORK RED BULLS II STARTING LINEUP:
40 (GK) Anthony Marcucci; 39 (DF) Mandela Egbo, 30 (DF) Emir Tombul, 4 (DF) Andres Reyes (Jake LaCava, 89'), 24 (DF) Jason Pendant (Juan Castillo, 45' (Joseph Zalinsky, 71')); 16 (MF) Dru Yearwood, 66 (MF) Mike Knapp (Daniel Edelman, 45'), 19 (MF) Wikelman Carmona, 21 (MF) Omir Fernandez; 17 (FW) Cameron Harper, 74 (FW) Tom Barlow (Omar Sowe, 70')