Coaching Profile: Jimmy Nielsen
Jimmy "The White Puma" Nielsen – the head coach of Hartford Athletic – was a former professional goalkeeper in Denmark, England, and the MLS. During his tenure with Sporting Kansas City, the Danish national was a captain, two-time All-Star, Goalkeeper of the Year (2012), and helped the club win both a U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup. More recently, from 2014-2017 Nielsen has been coaching the Oklahoma City Energy FC where he made the USL playoffs 3 out of 4 seasons reaching the Western Conference Finals twice.
Interestingly, Jimmy's popularity in Denmark has made him the start of a documentary series called "The White Puma." This 12 episode series follows the coach during his tenure at Oklahoma City during the 2016-2017 season.
It is also good to see that the White Puma could get in between the pipes for Hartford Athletic himself. Here are some old highlights to get you pumped for the season. Enjoy!