2020 Birmingham Legion FC
The 2020 Birmingham Legion FC season was the second campaign for Birmingham Legion FC, representing Birmingham in the United Soccer League's USL Championship division in 2020. Its home matches were played at the 5,000-seat BBVA Field on UAB's campus.
Red Diamond Coffee & Tea supported the team as "jersey partner" for the 2nd year of a 3-year agreement. Other sponsors included Buffalo Rock, Post Consumer Brands and Nike. Home and away games were broadcast locally on WABM "My68".
Tom Soehn returned for a second year as head coach of Birmingham Legion FC. Local star Chandler Hoffman began the season on loan to Orange County SC of the USL Championship's Western Conference. The beginning of the season was delayed by the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
- Forwards: Neco Brett, Prosper Kasim, Rudolf Mensah, JJ Williams, Brian Wright
- Midfielders: Bolu Akinyode, Anderson Asiedu, Eli Crognale, Daigo Kobayashi, Bruno Lapa, Mikey Lopez, Jaden Servania, Braxton Najib, Marcos Ugarte
- Defenders: Alex Crognale, Razak Cromwell, Jonathan Dean, Ryan James, Phanuel Kavita, Mathieu Laurent, Jake Rufe
- Goalkeepers: Ford Parker, Trevor Spangenberg, Matt Van Oekel
Star defender Mathieu Laurent tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during practice early in the season and missed the remainder of the year.
Birmingham Legion finished their second season as the 10th-ranked team in the USL's Eastern Conference, with a total of 28 points despite a 7-5-4 record and a goal deficit of 10. In the league's conference championship, the Legion qualified for the quarter-finals, but were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Regular season (7-3-4)
- July 15: Birmingham 3, Memphis 901 FC 0 at BBVA Field
- July 19: Birmingham 2, Charleston Battery FC 1 in Charleston, South Carolina
- July 25: Birmingham 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 at home
- August 1: North Carolina FC 1, Birmingham 0 in Cary, North Carolina
- August 5: Birmingham 4, Charlotte Independence 1 at home
- August 8: Birmingham 1, Atlanta United Two 0 at home
- August 12: Birmingham 1, Charlotte Independence 1 at Charlotte, North Carolina
- August 15: Birmingham 2, North Carolina FC 0 at Cary, North Carolina
- August 22: Birmingham 2, Memphis 901 FC 2 at BBVA Field
- August 29: Birmingham 4, Charlotte Independence 1 at Charlotte, North Carolina
- September 2: North Carolina FC 2, Birmingham 1 at home
- September 5: Birmingham 1, Memphis 901 FC 1 at Memphis, Tennessee
- September 12: Charlotte 3, Birmingham 1 at home
- September 16: Birmingham 4, Miami FC 0 at Miami, Florida
- September 26: North Carolina FC 2, Birmingham 1 at home
- October 3: Memphis 901 FC 3, Birmingham 1 at home
USL Eastern Conference Championship
- Conference Quarterfinals: October 10: Tampa Bay Rowdies 4, Birmingham 2
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- Goodman, Joseph (September 25, 2020) "Birmingham growing reputation in pro soccer." The Birmingham News
- Patchen, Tyler (October 23, 2020) "Legion FC leadership look ahead after shortened season." Birmingham Business Journal
- Birmingham Legion FC website