COLTS TRAVEL UP TO THE BAY STATE FOR A MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MATCHUP

Hartford, Conn. – Fresh off a win at home against Kingston Stockade FC a week ago, Hartford City FC (2-0-1, 7 points) head back on the road for the second time this season as the Colts face off against Valeo FC (0-2-1, 1 point) on Saturday, May 25. Kickoff is set for 6pm up at the Valeo Sports Center in Newton, MA.

MATCH INFORMATION

Fans who are looking to travel up to Massachusetts for Saturday’s match can purchase tickets on the day of the game at the Valeo Sports Center (125 Wells Ave, Newton, MA, 02459). For those fans who are planning to follow the match online, a live stream will be provided on the Valeo Futbol Club Youtube page. Stay tuned to Hartford City FC social media channels for more information on matchday.

LAST TIME OUT

Two goals in the first fifteen minutes and three in the first half hour were enough to power Hartford City FC to a 3-2 win over their long-time rivals Kingston Stockade FC last Saturday evening at Trinity Health Stadium

Hartford City jumped out to a lead in the 6th minute when Evan Southern finished off a swift, team goal that included a clinical nine-pass sequence around the edge of the area, and a pair of back heel passes, including from the primary assist getter Parker Vasic.

Kingston thought they had a chance to level the match when Hugo Guerra looked to have been fouled minutes later inside the box but the referee allowed play to continue. And the no-call would be a misery compiler for Kingston as while their bench was up in arms about the decision, Andrew Bilbie, another player making his HCFC debut, drove through the defense and ripped a shot from close distance. Nunez was able to block the shot away, but Vasic powered home the rebound from the edge of the area to double the hosts’ advantage.

Kingston Stockade were able to pull a goal back shortly before the half hour mark as Jonathan Salguero was able to get free down the left side of the field and floated a ball to the back post that snuck past Hartford City’s goalie Jamis Fite into the back of the net. But if the visitors expected that tally to give them any momentum, it was taken away almost immediately. Forty seconds after the re-start, Hartford City made it 3-1 as Tomas curled in a cross from the right flank to the six-yard box and Jones hammered a header past Nunez for his first goal of the season.

Hugo Guerra would make it 3-2 as he dispatched a penalty kick in the 51st minute but there were no further tallies after that, as the Colts would win their second consecutive home match of the season.

ABOUT OUR OPPONENT

After earning a point in the season opener against Kingston Stockade on May 4th, Valeo FC have suffered back-to-back defeats since then. In that opening match, it was Brandeis University product Josh Andrews who put Valeo ahead before Kingston rescued a point twenty minutes from time with a Paul Makaj penalty kick. The following week, Valeo went up to Central New York to take on Syracuse FC and fell 2-1, despite getting a second half equalizer from Erik Estrada. Valeo were at home last week but gave up two early goals to New York Shockers’ talisman Filippo Bellu and couldn’t recover. Valeo did pull a goal back from Harvard product Ben Kelly by tapping home a rebound, but the equalizer just wouldn’t come for the hosts.

Valeo missed out on the postseason last year with a 3-6-1 record and had just the one All-Conference honoree in midfielder Cleon Pryce. But there is plenty of local talent on the roster and are hoping to find the same form that saw the club finish 2nd in the 2022 season and host a postseason match.

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