HARTFORD, Conn. — It’s a searingly hot June evening at Dillon Stadium, and Danny Barrera is conducting a soccer symphony for Hartford Athletic in the USL Championship. Each one of the midfielder’s movements builds toward a crescendo, which culminates in a virtuoso performance against New York Red Bulls II at Dillon Stadium.
Barrera finished with a goal and three assists in Hartford’s club-record 7-0 dissection of a Red Bulls II squad that featured seven MLS-contracted players in its starting XI. Every time the ball came off – mostly – his left foot, Barrera created melodic moments.
They started with smartly switching the play from right to left on the opening goal, and continued with a pair of deft one-touch assists on tallies during first-half stoppage time. He even later curled home an “elite level” second-half strike, according to coach Harry Watling.