Earlier this year, Hartford Athletic appointed its first ever manager, Danish national Jimmy Nielsen. An MLS standout and experienced USL coach, the 41-year-old Nielsen has a wealth of experience behind him, including an impressive coaching resume.
Nielsen was born in Aalborg, Denmark, and touts a 19-year soccer career spanning the globe, from Denmark to England, to the U.S. At Kansas City in the MLS, Nielsen was captain, a two-time MLS All-Star, Goalkeeper of the Year (2012), and helped the club win both the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2012 and MLS Cup in 2013.
His young coaching career is also impressive. Before arriving to Hartford, Nielsen coached the USL’s OKC Energy FC, leading the side from its first season in 2014 to the end of the 2017 season. During his time with the OKC Energy FC, he helped his side reach the USL Cup Playoffs on three occasions and twice advanced to the Western Conference Final. Nielsen was also a 2015 USL Coach of the Year finalist.
It is evident Nielsen is a serious person for the job and will hopefully continue his winning tradition and work ethic. We wish him luck!