Hartford Athletic has added midfielder Justin Haak on loan from New York City FC, with the midfielder returning to the club after making eight appearances and scoring his first professional goal in the 2020 season. | Photo courtesy Hartford Athletic
HARTFORD, Conn. – Hartford Athletic announced on Monday it had acquired midfielder Justin Haak on loan from Major League Soccer club New York City FC. The loan agreement is pending league and federation approval.
Haak returns on loan to Hartford for a second consecutive season, having made eight appearances for the club in the regular season and playoffs in 2020. The 19-year-old Homegrown signing made an immediate impact upon joining Hartford in 2020, starting in the midfield in the first match he was eligible. Throughout the course of the season, Haak started in all eight of his appearances, including Hartford’s first game in club history in the USL Championship Playoffs. He logged 675 minutes, completed 80.5 percent of his passes, and scored his first professional goal, a right-footed volley off a corner kick in a 3-1 victory against the New York Red Bulls II on Sept. 16.
“I’m delighted to welcome Justin back to our club,” said Hartford Athletic Head Coach Harry Watling. “He had an amazing impact last season, and we are positive he will do the same this year in our push for the playoffs.”