Hartford Athletic has signed midfielder Kenan Hot to a USL Academy Contract, pending league and federation approval. The contract allows Hot to keep his college eligibility and still train and play for Hartford Athletic in USL sanctioned matches.
"We are delighted to sign a player of Kenan’s caliber with a wonderful future ahead of him,” said Hartford Athletic Technical Director Luiz Silva. “It reinforces that we are establishing ourselves as an important component of the USL and U.S. soccer landscape when it comes to providing young players the opportunity to become better versions of themselves through a meaningful training environment, holistic approach and competitive experience.”
Hot, a 17-year old from Lincroft, New Jersey, has earned 10 caps for the USMNT U-15 team and has been named in the player pool for the U-17s for 2021. He played 8 matches for New York Red Bulls II in 2020, recording a 79.9% passing accuracy and 60.9% long passing accuracy, both the second best percentages on the team. He has verbally committed to play college soccer at Duke University.
“This is yet another statement of intent from Hartford Athletic on what we are, a club that finds and develops talent,” Hartford Athletic Head Coach Harry Watling said. “Kenan is one of the most exciting young talents in the U.S., and he has entrusted us with his next steps of development. He can deal with the ball with quality and style and our fans will be thrilled with what he brings to the pitch.”
Hartford Athletic hits the road for a matchup with rivals Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday, July 31st. The Boys in Green return home on Wednesday, August 4th, for a matchup with Miami FC. Visit hartfordathletic.com/single to purchase tickets.