Birmingham Legion FC

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Birmingham Legion FC
Birmingham Legion FC logo.svg
Full nameBirmingham Legion FC
FoundedAugust 9, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-08-09)
StadiumBBVA Field
Birmingham, Alabama
Capacity5,000
OwnersJack Bryant
Billy Harbert
John Harbert
Jeff Logan
James Outland
Jim Rein
Lee Styslinger III
President and
general manager
Jay Heaps
Head coachTom Soehn
LeagueUSL Championship
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Birmingham Legion FC is an American professional soccer club based in Birmingham, Alabama, that competes in the USL Championship, the second division of American soccer. The team was established in August 2017 and began their first professional season on March 10, 2019.

History[edit]

On August 9, 2017, the United Soccer League (now known as USL Championship), the Division II sanctioned league by the United States Soccer Federation, granted a team for Birmingham to begin play in the 2019 season.[1] On January 17, 2018, the team name was revealed as Birmingham Legion FC, a reference to the historic Legion Field that opened in 1927. However, the team will instead play at BBVA Field, the current home of the UAB Blazers soccer program.[2]

Oak Mountain High School graduate and Real Monarchs' star forward Chandler Hoffman signed on as the team's first player in July 2018.[3] In August the team announced that Tom Soehn would be the first head coach of Birmingham Legion FC.[4]

Their first professional game resulted in a 2–0 defeat against Bethlehem Steel FC on March 10, 2019.[5]

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019–present Nike Red Diamond[6]

Players and staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of August 14, 2019[7]
No. Position Player Nation
0 Goalkeeper Joe Nasco  United States
1 Goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel  United States
2 Midfielder Marcos Ugarte  United States
3 Defender Kyle Fisher  United States
5 Midfielder Mikey Lopez  United States
6 Midfielder Anderson Asiedu  Ghana
7 Forward Brian Wright (on loan from New England Revolution)  Canada
8 Midfielder Joe Holland  England
9 Forward Chandler Hoffman  United States
10 Forward Prosper Kasim  Ghana
11 Forward JJ Williams (on loan from Columbus Crew SC)  United States
12 Defender Eric Avila  United States
13 Forward Tyler Savitsky  United States
14 Midfielder Daniel Johnson  United States
15 Defender Akeem Ward  United States
16 Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi  Japan
17 Defender Gael Mabiala  France
18 Goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg  United States
21 Midfielder Zachary Herivaux (on loan from New England Revolution)  Haiti
22 Defender Mathieu Laurent  Canada
23 Defender Benjamin Kucera  United States
27 Forward Edward Opoku (on loan from Columbus Crew SC)  Ghana
30 Defender Razak Cromwell (on loan from Dreams FC)  Ghana
33 Defender Kyle Culbertson  United States
88 Forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen  Benin

Team management[edit]

Front office
Owners Jack Bryant
Billy Harbert
John Harbert
Jeff Logan
James Outland
Jim Rein
Lee Styslinger III
President and general manager Jay Heaps
Executive vice president Doug Hicks
Coaching staff
Head coach Tom Soehn
Assistant coach Khano Smith

Last updated: March 25, 2019
Source: [1]

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes USLC regular season, USLC playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Tom Soehn  United States August 16, 2018 present 33 12 14 7 036.36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USL Officially Awards Franchise to Birmingham". USL. August 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Birmingham Legion FC Branding Unveiled". United Soccer League. January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Inabinett, Mark (July 30, 2018). "Chandler Hoffman coming home as Birmingham Legion FC's first player". The Birmingham News. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Stephenson, Greg (August 16, 2018). "Birmingham Legion FC hires Tom Soehn as head coach". The Birmingham News. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Legion FC Communications Team (March 10, 2019). "Sellout crowd sees Legion FC fall in inaugural season home opener". BHMLegion.com. Birmingham Legion FC. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Patchen, Tyler (December 17, 2018). "Legion FC unveils new jersey and home-opener opponent". The Birmingham Business Journal. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Birmingham Legion roster". BHMLegion.com. Birmingham Legion FC. Retrieved March 22, 2019.

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