New Hartford Athletic signing Austin Pack made a career-high 20 appearances in the 2021 USL Championship and recorded six shutouts for the Charlotte Independence. | Photo courtesy Birmingham Legion FC
HARTFORD, Conn. – Hartford Athletic announced on Monday it had signed goalkeeper Austin Pack ahead of the 2022 season, pending league and federation approval. Pack is the first goalkeeper signed by the athletic for its 2022 USL Championship campaign.
"It was really important we go out and get a top-level goalkeeper and we have found that in Austin,” said Hartford Head Coach Harry Watling. “He has every quality you look for in a goalkeeper, a fantastic shot-stopper, a great communicator, and excellent with his feet. We are very excited to have him with us this season.”
Pack has played the past two seasons in the Championship with Charlotte Independence. This past season, the Atlanta native made 20 starts for the side and recorded six shutouts and 51 saves as the Independence reached the USL Championship Playoffs for a second consecutive season. The 27-year-old started in goal for three of four matchups between Charlotte and Hartford last season allowing only two goals and making eight saves.
“Joining Hartford is a very exciting opportunity for me,” Pack said. “I love the style of play and think I will fit very well in the system Coach Watling and his staff has put in place. I look forward to playing in front of the incredible fans at Dillon Stadium, who showed up in full force during my two matches there in 2021, and bringing this club back to the playoffs.”
Pack had previously spent two seasons in the Championship before joining Charlotte, competing for the Portland Timbers 2 in the 2018 season before joining Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC the following year. Overall, Pack has made 26 appearances in the Championship and eight shutouts with a save percentage of 67.9 percent.