Hartford Athletic has signed goalkeeper Sebastian Pliszka to a USL Academy Contract, pending league and federation approval. The contract allows Pliszka to keep his college eligibility and still train and play for Hartford Athletic in USL sanctioned matches.
"I am incredibly excited to sign a contract with my hometown club,” Pliszka said. “I have been training with Hartford for parts of two seasons and I have seen firsthand how this club develops players. I have very high aspirations for my soccer career and signing this contract is the first step towards achieving my goals.”
Sebastian is a former New England Revolution Academy player who currently plays at The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. He is the club’s second ever USL Academy Contract signing, following North Haven’s Giovanni Calderón who signed with the club on May 10th. The Newington, CT native trained with the club for a month in August of 2020 and made a positive impression. The club’s technical staff has continued to keep an eye on him ever since. He was invited back to training sessions in May.
“Sebastian is a goalkeeper I’m extremely excited about being here at the club,” said Hartford Athletic Head Coach Harry Watling. “He is a young, dynamic, and robust player who has loads of potential and I look forward to seeing his development.”
Hartford Athletic is home again on Saturday evening when they play host to Atlantic Division leaders Tampa Bay Rowdies. The match begins at 7 PM. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should visit hartfordathletic.com/tickets.