Birmingham Grasshoppers

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Birmingham Grasshoppers were an American soccer team that played in Birmingham, Alabama from 1992-1996 as a member of the United States Interregional Soccer League. When the USISL split into two leagues in 1995, the Grasshoppers joined the Premier League. Preston Goldfarb (soccer coach at Birmingham-Southern College) was instrumental in originating the team and while at the helm, the Birmingham Grasshoppers won a division title, participated in the USISL "Sizzlin Nine" National Tournament, and hosted two regional playoffs. The Grasshoppers team was designed to give his players an opportunity to compete at a high level during the off-season, but travel schedules and time away from Birmingham-Southern led Goldfarb to discontinue the Grasshoppers after four seasons. The Hoppers were a free scoring team with English striker John Kennedy hitting the back of the net 38 times in 47 games.


Year Division Games Played Wins Losses Goals For Goals Against Points
1992-1993 Southern Challenge Cup (Provisional) 9 5 4 18 9 45
1993-1994 Midsouth 18 13 5 36 1 104
1994-1995 Eastern 18 10 8 45 46 97
1995-1996 Eastern 14 4 10 20 33 12