New Hartford Athletic signing Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. spent the past two seasons with the Championship's Rio Grande Valley FC before competing for the Honduras U-23 Men's National Team in Concacaf Olympic Qualifying this past March. | Photo courtesy Chris
HARTFORD, Conn. – Hartford Athletic announced on Wednesday the club had signed Honduran forward Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. ahead of the 2021 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.
Obregón Jr. joins Hartford after most recently helping the Honduras U-23 Men’s National Team reach the Men’s Soccer Tournament at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The 22-year-old scored the opening goal in Honduras’ 2-1 victory against the United States in March that sealed Los Catrachos’ place at the tournament this summer.
Obregón Jr. also brings experience from the USL Championship, having played the past two seasons for Western Conference side Rio Grande Valley FC. A former collegiate player at Siena College, where he was teammates with current Hartford Athletic midfielder Connor McGlynn, Obregón Jr. signed with LigaMX side Necaxa in 2017 before joining the Toros, where he recorded four goals and one assist in 17 appearances.
“After scoring the opener in the Olympic qualifiers for Honduras vs the USA, there was a number of clubs clamoring for the signature of JC. Due to the individual development plans the club provides, JC chose us,” said Hartford Athletic Head Coach Harry Watling. “Electric behind the backline and deadly in front of goal, we have another goal scorer in the ranks in Green and Blue!”