Puerto Rican Pride on Display at Dillon Stadium in Hartford

The Hartford Athletic hosted the Puerto Rican National Soccer Team on Saturday.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will help with hurricane relief on the island.

At last check, that amount is still being tallied.

While the home team won 5 to 1, the “international friendly” was more than just the goals.

The Puerto Rican community in the Hartford area embraced celebrating their culture and supporting the island.

Many local families we spoke to still have loved ones living there.

“It’s actually something coming from the heart. You know it’s going to go there. Puerto Rico needs it you know,” said Anthony Murray Conde of Hartford.

“Everyone is enthusiastic about the game and it’s just really fun to be here,” said 12-year-old Olivia of Mansfield.

Half and half scarves sold out in less than an hour.

The game held an extra layer of meaning for one Hartford family.

Jacob Conde, a Bloomfield High School grad and now Hartford resident, laced up for the Puerto Rican National team.

“My family grew up just right over this all raised, his father too, and now he’s performing right here? What story do you write like that better than this?,” said his cousin Murray Conde.

“He’s been playing since he was young, so not only does it mean a lot to him, but also to the family because he’s playing for the island,” said cousin Elijah Hilliman.

The Hartford Athletic had said they hope to continue international friendlies like this in the future.

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