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New England Revolution loan Cody Cropper to USL’s Hartford Athletic

Cropper hasn’t appeared in a game for the Revs since May 4.

Cody Cropper makes a save
Apr 20, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution goalkeeper Cody Cropper (1) makes a save on New York Red Bulls midfielder Marc Rzatkowski (90) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

New England Revolution goalkeeper Cody Cropper is set for a change of scenery.

The club will loan the shot-stopper to Hartford Athletic of the USL Championship before the end of the week, pending approval from the league, two sources told Pro Soccer USA.

This will be the Revolution’s first loan to Hartford, which is competing in its inaugural season.

Cropper, 26, who has played in seven games for the Revolution this season, left for Hartford on Thursday evening and could appear in a game as soon as Saturday, when Hartford hosts the Puerto Rico national team in a midseason friendly. Cropper will be on a season-long loan to Hartford, though he will regularly return to Foxborough to also train with the Revolution, a source said.

Cropper hasn’t played in a competitive game since May 5 and has alternated between second-string and third-string for the Revolution during the last two seasons.

Matt Turner was the starter for all of last season and has played most of the Revolution’s games this year as well. Brad Knighton has been the team’s back-up in its last eight games. 

Second division Norway side Sarpsborg 08 FF was also interested in signing Cropper last month, but negotiations barely got off the ground.

Cropper joined the Revolution in August 2016 as a discovery signing and is a former Ipswich Town prospect who went on to play for Southampton and Milton Keynes Dons. He has made 102 saves in 36 MLS appearances.

Hartford — coached by former Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen — is struggling in its first USL season, currently second from last in the Eastern Conference table. The club has lost four of its last five league games.

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