Rasmussen named Captain
Ladies and Gents. We have our first Captain Hartford.
On Monday, it was announced that Gaffer Jimmy Nielsen had selected 30-year-old Midfielder Philip Rasmussen as the first-ever captain of Hartford Athletic. Per the team's website: Rasmussen is from Copenhagen, Denmark, and has spent the last two seasons playing for the USL Championship’s OKC Energy FC. In 2018, Rasmussen set career highs, starting 25 games and scoring three goals. The 6-foot, 177-pound midfielder, played four seasons with Lyngby BK in Denmark’s first division. During those four seasons, he appeared in 101 matches and scored four goals in just over 7,800 minutes of play.
It's hard to find too much detail on Rasmussen other than what the team has provided, but in looking at his Wikipedia page (#research) it's pretty clear that Philip is one of the more experienced players in the team. Whether it be in his home country's first division, or over the last two years at OKC, Rasmussen has significant professional experience. From what I gather, he helped Lyngby win the Danish first division and earn promotion to the Danish Superliga in 2016 before coming stateside. Gotta love having a Captain who knows what it takes to lift a trophy. I believe Rasmussen plays in a defensive midfielder role as well, which means he is a guy who will have to communicate up and down the pitch, something a Captain should know how to do regardless. My sources also tell me that Rasmussen has some Viking in him, which is enough for me to trust him going box to box getting stuck in for the club. Congrats Philip! Looking forward to you wearing the armband well!
PS: While we are on the topic, and given the Danish contingent on the squad, let's talk about Soccer in Denmark for a second. Just an FYI, the Danish First Division is the second division in the Danish soccer pyramid, i.e. equivalent to the USL here in the states. The First Division sits behind the Danish Superliga, the country's premier soccer league, on the pyramid. In terms of where Denmark/the Superliga ranks relative to other European countries and leagues across Europe, the UEFA Coefficient currently has the country ranked 15th out of 55 . This coefficient ranking takes into account each countries' association's performance in European competitions from 2014 to 2018, and is often used as a proxy to measure the health of a country's domestic league and cup competitions. Given Denmark's relative size, this ranking is a strong one when you consider neighboring Nordic nations Norway and Sweden are 23rd and 22nd respectively. For those interested, below are the top 30 countries ranked by the UEFA Coefficient.