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Hartford Athletic Signs Midfielder Luka Prpa

By Staff, 02/16/21, 8:29AM EST


2020 MLS SuperDraft pick spent rookie season with Rio Grande Valley FC

New Hartford Athletic signing Luka Prpa was selected in the Second Round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft before spending his first professional campaign with Rio Grande Valley FC. | Photo courtesy Christian Inoferio / Rio Grande Valley FC

HARTFORD, Conn. – Hartford Athletic announced on Monday it had signed 22-year-old midfielder Luka Prpa, pending league and federation approval.

After a decorated collegiate career at Marquette University, Prpa was selected with the 34th pick of the 2020 Major League Soccer SuperDraft and signed with the Championship’s Rio Grande Valley FC Toros. Prpa appeared in 10 matches, starting seven, and recorded two goals and an assist in 569 minutes. He was also tied for second on the team with 13 chances created.

“Luka is exactly the type of player I wanted to bring to Hartford,” said Hartford Athletic Head Coach Harry Watling. “He is technically and tactically capable of carrying out the philosophy we want to implement and a player who will give everything for the shirt. He’s young, fearless, and exciting with the ball and shows bright imagination. We have a good one in Luka.”

During his four years at Marquette, Prpa was named once to the All-Big East First Team, twice named All-Big East Second Team, and was also selected to the All-Big East Freshman Team and Big East Freshman of the Year. He scored 18 goals and had 21 assists over four years. In his youth career, Luka was a member of the United States’ U-14, U-15, and U-17 national teams.

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