The Connecticut Wildcats was the first professional soccer team in the state of Connecticut. The franchise was granted to Paulus Ingram in 1972 from the American Soccer League (ASL). The Wildcats was a success story on and off the field, generating record crowds at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, and producing an unprecedented number players that went on to coach at very high levels, including World Cup and Olympic championship teams.
- “Hartford will become a Major League Sports City for the first time since 1876 next summer and the sport will be soccer”
- In an attempt to bring Connecticut some of “THE WORLDS BEST 1973 SOCCER TEAMS”, in 1973 the CT Wildcats played 5 Games besides their League Games. 1) Estudiantes of Argentina – THE 1973 FIFA WORLD CUP CLUB CHAMPS. 2) Hakoah Tel Aviv – ISRAEL’S 1973 NATIONAL CHAMPS and 1973 FIFA ASIAN CLUB CHAMPS. 3) Waterford of Ireland – THE 1973 NATIONAL CHAMPS OF IRELAND
- Nick Capurro, M.D. Chairman of the ASL about the CT Wildcats: “League’s Success Story Of The Year ”
- Pro Soccer Comes to Connecticut.
- Hartford Mayor kicks off the game; over 10,000 fans and a Fife and Drum Corp.