Hartford/Elm City Thread

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They start this weekend.

I found a pretty cool article on Detroit City. The owners sound like regular dudes who run a soccer club for fun. Now they are over 1M in revenue a year and making a small profit. Their average attendance beats USL's average/ They are looking for outside investment to move up to the NASL/USL.

Crain's Detroit Business : Subscription Center
 
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"Kingston" ... thought, "Wow, Jamaica, that's interesting". Then read the article, figured out it's a Kingston's somewhere in upstate NY, and saw the high school (American) football field. It is what it is ...

With a large metro area population albeit smaller than just a few decades ago, the Detroit semi-pro club's relative success is impressive. Imagine if Detroit City competed against nearby clubs in Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland (not yet), etc. or NY, LA, etc.; somehow it might entice more home support than an opponent based in an unheard of lowly-populated suburban area such as Kingston. Hopefully, Le Rouge's owners drive their for the fun of it club to attract enough support to move Detroit up the NASL/USL ranks and an eventual MLS franchise. And, manage to hang on to ownership control to boot.
 
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Just got back from the match. 2-0 win for Hartford City. They announced attendance at close to 600. The stands filled out pretty well, especially for a soggy night.
 
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Missed yesterday's match. I'll admit the rain kept me away, but I didn't know CCSU has covered stands.

Hartford is now 2-0.

Will try and make it down to NH for the next one.
 
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Is there promotion or anything like that in the league that Hartford plays in? I seem to vaguely recall there being promotion in a low, low tier of US Soccer but I might be wrong.

2-0 start is impressive for a start up club
 

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Is there promotion or anything like that in the league that Hartford plays in? I seem to vaguely recall there being promotion in a low, low tier of US Soccer but I might be wrong.

2-0 start is impressive for a start up club
I think NPSL was the league that was considering something like that.
 
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HCFC doesn't stream their home games but Kingston does, and I would bet a couple other teams do. I'll post links if available here.

Here's a couple highlights from the inaugural game on YT:
 
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We'll have to see what Hartford draws this Saturday with cooperative weather unlike their home opener. New Haven drawing 1,250 certainly sets the bar higher.
It would be interesting to know if it was a split crowd or pro home team. Both clubs are literally 30 min apart so that total might be reflective of both teams entire fan base. Pull those numbers vs a club further away and I'll be impressed
 
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It would be interesting to know if it was a split crowd or pro home team. Both clubs are literally 30 min apart so that total might be reflective of both teams entire fan base. Pull those numbers vs a club further away and I'll be impressed
I know the Hartford City supporter club (Agents of Hale) attended but I doubt there were more than maybe 100 Hartford fans there. I think Elm City will draw similarly next game (weather permitting).
 

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