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Aaron Sarwar

Aaron will serve as the club’s owner and head of operations.  Aaron is a West Hartford native with a deep passion and love for his hometown.  He is an officer in the Connecticut Air National Guard.  His family owns the Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan, a Hartford area restaurant which is now in its 28th year.  Aaron’s father, Naseer Sarwar, is a partner and investor in the club.


Shawn Simao

Shawn is best known for co-founding The American Outlaws Hartford Chapter Inc. As Treasurer, he was instrumental in turning this chapter into an incorporated 503 © non-profit currently with 500+ members. His passion for soccer has been documented in such publications as ESPN Magazine and many newspapers and TV interviews in Connecticut. He is also the Executive Producer of Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story which successfully crowd sourced with Kickstarter for $225K and was seen in over 200 theatres nationally. In addition to his dedication to the growth of soccer in the United States, he is also a Business Controller at United Technologies Corporation (UTAS) and has been married for 7 years with his beautiful wife Joy, and their two lovely children, Brianna (age 4) and Landon (age 1).

Head Coach

Christian Benjamin

Coach Christian Benjamin is a native of West Hartford.  He has been an assistant coach with the Central Connecticut State University Division 1 Mens Program since 2007.  As CCSU Men’s Assistant, Christian was instrumental in the planning of practices, game decisions, and recruiting resulting in an NCAA Sixteen appearance and  NEC championships in 2007, 2011, and 2013. Prior to CCSU he worked with MIT and Framingham State.  Christian has been a long time fixture of the CJSA Olympic Development Program since 2007 as a staff and goalkeeper coach.  He is a featured clinician in the area of youth soccer training and goalkeeper education for regional and national travel as well as premiere organizations. He is USSF and NSCAA licensed. Christian is passionate about soccer and is looking forward to sharing it with Hartford City FC supporters.

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