New Hartford Athletic arrival Kenan Hot made eight appearances for the New York Red Bulls II in the USL Championship a season ago, and has also competed for the U.S. U-15 and U-17 National Teams. | Photo courtesy Morgan Tencza / Philadelphia Union II
HARTFORD, Conn. – Hartford Athletic announced on Friday it had signed midfielder Kenan Hot to a USL Academy contract, pending league and federation approval. The agreement allows Hot to retain college eligibility and still train and play for Hartford Athletic in the USL Championship this season.
“We are delighted to sign a player of Kenan’s caliber with a wonderful future ahead of him,” said Hartford Technical Director Luiz Silva. “It reinforces that we are establishing ourselves as an important component of the USL and U.S. soccer landscape when it comes to providing young players the opportunity to become better versions of themselves through a meaningful training environment, holistic approach and competitive experience.”
Hot has earned 10 caps for the USMNT U-15 team and has been named in the player pool for the U-17s for the 2021 cycle. The 17-year-old played in eight games for the New York Red Bulls II in the Championship in 2020, recording a 79.9 percent passing accuracy rate and 60.9 percent long passing accuracy rate, ranking second on the team in both categories. He has verbally committed to play college soccer at Duke University.
“This is yet another statement of intent from Hartford Athletic on what we are, a club that finds and develops talent,” said Hartford Head Coach Harry Watling. “Kenan is one of the most exciting young talents in the U.S., and he has entrusted us with his next steps of development. He can deal with the ball with quality and style and our fans will be thrilled with what he brings to the pitch.”