Former Toronto FC midfielder Jay Chapman had a moment in South Florida with Inter Miami, a time in the Rockies with the Colorado Switchbacks, and now the 29-year-old will get a taste of New England.

On Monday, Hartford Athletic confirmed Chapman’s signing for the upcoming 2024 USL Championship season.

Chapman joins Hartford after one season with fellow Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. During his debut season in the USL Championship, Chapman made a significant contribution with 28 appearances and 20 starts, scoring one goal, assisting another, and creating 20 scoring opportunities. He was particularly effective in gaining possession and creating scoring chances from turnovers for the Switchbacks, with 25 interceptions and 26 successful tackles, the second-highest in the team.

Chapman’s impressive career includes over 100 MLS appearances, primarily for his hometown club TFC. He played a key depth role in Toronto FC’s MLS Cup victory in 2017 and their run to the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Final, where TFC were narrowly beaten by Chivas de Guadalajara on penalties. Chapman has also represented Canada at the senior level on three occasions.

Hartford Athletic is hoping that Chapman can replicate his previous success as they look to rebuild their team. Chapman’s ability to win possession and distribute the ball effectively makes him a valuable asset that Hartford lacked last season.

But, Chapman was not the first choice for the Switchbacks, falling behind USL Championship veteran Speedy Williams. Who stands a chance beating out a player named “Speedy” for a starting job though?

According to American Soccer Analysis, Chapman’s +1.33 Goals Added Above Replacement was significantly lower than Williams’ +4.84 and emerging talents, like Matthew Corcoran of Birmingham Legion FC (+2.23).

The upcoming season will be crucial for Chapman to demonstrate his worth and elevate his new team.