Birmingham Legion FC

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Birmingham Legion FC
Birmingham Legion logo.png
Sport Soccer
League USL Championship
Active 2019-
Home field BBVA Field
Record 13-16-7
Coach Tom Soehn
Website bhmlegion.com

Birmingham Legion FC is a professional soccer team which represents Birmingham in the United Soccer League's USL Championship division beginning with the 2019 season. Its home matches are played at the 5,000-seat BBVA Field on UAB's campus.

The franchise, which was announced at a public event on August 8, 2018, is co-owned by Jeff Logan, James Outland and Lee Styslinger III. Jay Heaps was announced in January 2018 as president and general manager of the team. Birmingham Hammers co-founder Morgan Copes is vice-president. In May 2018 it was announced that John Harbert II, Jack Bryant, Billy Harbert and Jim Rein were joining the ownership group. Later that month, the team announced that Doug Hicks had been hired as vice president. Birmingham Legions FC's offices are located at 2213 1st Avenue South.

The name and logo for the team, developed with Big Communications, were announced in January 2018. The name "Legion" makes reference to the "army" of soccer fans that helped establish the team as well as to soccer history at Legion Field. The other elements of the logo highlight Birmingham's industrial history. In addition to referencing the former Hammers team, the hammer and anvil are a visual reference to Vulcan. Three hypocycloids (four-pointed stars) approximate the American Iron & Steel Institute's "Steelmark", famously used in the logo of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. In August 2018 Red Diamond signed a 3-year deal to sponsor the team as "jersey partner". Other sponsors include Buffalo Rock, Post Consumer Brands and Nike. Home and away games were broadcast locally on WABM "My68".

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

Roster

Record

Birmingham Legion finished their inaugural season as the 10th-ranked team in the USL's Eastern Conference, with a total of 43 points despite a 12-15-7 record and a goal deficit of 16. In the league's conference championship, the Legion made it as far as the quarter-finals before being eliminated by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Regular season (12-15-7)

  • March 10: Bethlehem Steel 2, Birmingham 0
  • March 16: Ottowa Fury 1, Birmingham 0
  • March 31: Birmingham 3, Loudoun United 2
  • April 13: Birmingham 3, St Louis United 2
  • April 20: Birmingham 0, Swope Park Rangers 0
  • April 27: Birmingham 1, Loudoun United 0
  • May 1: New York Red Bulls 5, Birmingham 0
  • May 4: Birmingham 2, Memphis 901 FC 2
  • May 11: Loudoun United 3, Birmingham 0
  • May 18: Birmingham 0, North Carolina FC 0
  • May 22: Nashville SC 1, Birmingham 0
  • June 1: Tampa Bay Rowdies 2, Birmingham 0
  • June 8: Charleston Battery 3, Birmingham 1
  • June 15: Charlotte Independence 4, Birmingham 1
  • June 22: Birmingham 2, Hartford Athletic 2
  • June 26: Indy Eleven 3, Birmingham 0
  • June 29: Pittsburgh Riverhounds 4, Birmingham 1
  • July 13: Birmingham 1, North Carolina SC 0
  • July 20: Birmingham 4, Atlanta United 0
  • July 27: Birmingham 1, Charlotte Independence 0
  • August 2: Birmingham 0, Ottowa Fury 0
  • August 10: Birmingham 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies 0
  • August 17: Birmingham 1, Memphis 901 FC 0
  • August 25: Birmingham 3, Bethlehem Steel 2
  • August 28: Birmingham 1, Loudoun United 1
  • September 4: Birmingham 5, Atlanta United 0
  • September 13: St Louis FC 2, Birmingham 0
  • September 17: Nashville SC 1, Birmingham 0
  • September 20: Birmingham 1, Indy Eleven 0
  • September 30: Swope Park Rangers 3, Birmingham 1
  • October 5: Birmingham 1, Charleston Battery 1
  • October 9: Hartford Athletic 4, Birmingham 0
  • October 16: Birmingham 2, NY Red Bulls Reserves 1
  • October 20: Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1, Birmingham 0

USL Eastern Conference Championship

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