Hartford – Hartford Athletic announced that Sergio Campbell (UConn 2016), Klisman Sousa (Providence 2018), Anthony Asante (Syracuse 2014), Hami Kara (Pittsburgh 2012), and Ismael Longo (Florida International 2017) have been invited to preseason training.
“Bringing five players from Open Tryouts to preseason training shows just how high the quality of the tryout was. Making our decision was not easy,” said Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen. “Players came from all over the country and beyond and we want to thank everyone who came out and showed their skills.”
Sergio Campbell, a defender, is a native of Clarendon, Jamaica and a graduate of UConn from 2012-2014. In his senior season, he was named Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was drafted 19th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew. Campbell went on to play with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2016 and Rochester Rhinos in 2017.
Klisman Sousa just completed his senior season at Providence College. Sousa, a midfielder, was named to the All-Big East Second Team in 2018. From New Bedford, MA, he was named an Eastern Mass All-Star 3 years in a row.
Anthony Asante, who currently lives in West Haven, CT, is a forward who most recently played for New Haven’s Elm City Express in 2018. Asante was a 2-time NJCAA All-American at Monroe College before transferring to Syracuse University. In his first season with the Orange, he was third on the team in points (14) and second in goals (5).
Hami Kara comes to Hartford Athletic from Hartford City FC. Kara is from Wethersfield, CT, where he won a State Championship in 2008. He continued to play collegiately at Manchester Community College where he was named an NJCAA First Team All-American, and then at the University of Pittsburgh where he recorded 6 clean sheets over 2 seasons. Kara was also invited to the Columbus Crew’s 2013 preseason.
Ismael Longo is a midfielder from Weston, FL, who played at Florida International University. Ismael grew up in the United States Men’s National Team youth program, playing for them at the U-14 and U-16 level. He ultimately switched to his native Venezuelan National Team at the U-20 level. He is currently in the pool of players for the senior squad.