HARTFORD, Conn. (May 10, 2021) – Hartford Athletic announced today the signing of defender Giovanni Calderón to a USL Academy Contract, pending league and federation approval.
Calderón, a native of North Haven, CT, is the first player to be offered a USL Academy Contract by Hartford Athletic. The contract allows Calderón to keep his college eligibility and still train and play for Hartford Athletic in USL sanctioned matches. The 19-year-old was brought in on trial in late March and made an impression on the Technical Staff.
"We are very excited to have Giovanni as our first ever USL Academy Contract signing. He is another example of the quality young talent that is here in Connecticut,” said Technical Director Luiz Silva. “The USL Academy Contract is part of our pathway to the professional level. It is a great transition from the youth level to First Team exposure while keeping college eligibility. We will continue to monitor young, talented players in Connecticut and use the USL Academy Contract to maximize their ability to fulfill their potential.”
Last week, Calderón was selected to participate in Puerto Rico National Team’s training camps leading up to their World Cup Qualifiers against the Bahamas and Guyana. Hartford Athletic midfielder Nicolás Cardona was also invited to the camp.
“Gio is another exciting signing for the club. It is yet another statement of our club investing in the future and trying to develop talent,” said Head Coach Harry Watling. “The Puerto Rican Center Back is also on the radar of the national team, once again showing the scouting network at this club. Gio gives us another option at center back with a good calmness on the ball and a willingness to defend his goal.”
Hartford Athletic hosts its home opener on Saturday, May 15 at 7 PM at Dillon Stadium.