Hartford Athletic returns to action on Friday night at Rentschler Field. Athletic will host Memphis.
Former Yale soccer player Nicky Downs is part of the new franchise.
The midfielder from Lakeville just finished up classes at Yale and will graduate in less than two weeks.
The last couple of months have been hectic for Downs. He had to finish up his class work at Yale while also focusing on a professional soccer career.
Downs will receive a degree in Economics from Yale.
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