Editor’s note: This story appears in our Fall 2020 magazine. You can subscribe to the print edition, or digital, here.
HARTFORD, Conn. — When the USL Championship season was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, it was an interesting time in the nascent career of Alfonso Vazquez.
One moment, the 17-year-old forward from Windham, Conn., signs his first professional contract with Hartford Athletic, surrounded by family, friends and television cameras ahead of the 2020 season. Next, he runs and works out at home by himself with the season paused, trying to stay mentally and physically sharp amid a public-health crisis.