2023 Birmingham Legion FC
The 2023 Birmingham Legion FC season was the 5th campaign for Birmingham Legion FC, representing Birmingham in the Eastern Conference of the United Soccer League's USL Championship division in 2023. It was the club's second year playing at home in Protective Stadium at the BJCC.
Tom Soehn returned for a 5th year as head coach of Birmingham Legion FC.
- Forwards: Juan Agudelo, Neco Brett, Enzo Martinez, Diba Nwegbo
- Midfielders: Anderson Asiedu, Matthew Corcoran, Grayson Dupont, Prosper Kasim, Tyler Pasher, Mikey Lopez
- Defenders: Gabriel Alvez, Alex Crognale, Phanuel Kavita, Moses Mensah, Ben Reveno, Jake Rufe, Colin Smith,
- Goalkeepers: Trevor Spangenberg, Matt Van Oekel
Regular season (6W-1D-7L)
- March 11: Legion FC 1 - Pittsburgh RiverHounds SC 1 at Protective Stadium
- March 17: Legion FC 3 - FC Tulsa 2 at Protective Stadium
- March 25: Legion FC 1 - Hartford Athletic 0 at Hartford, Connecticut
- April 1: Legion FC 2 - Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 at Tampa Bay, Florida
- April 9: Phoenix Rising FC 2 - Legion FC 1 at Protective Stadium
- April 15: Loudoun United FC 3 - Legion FC 0 at Leesburg, Virginia
- April 22: Legion FC 2 - Orange County SC 1 at Irvine, California
- April 30: Legion FC 3 - Hartford Athletic 2 at Protective Stadium
- May 3: Miami FC 3 - Legion FC 1 at Miami, Florida
- May 6: Oakland Roots SC 4 - Legion FC 1 at Protective Stadium
- May 13: Pittsburgh RiverHounds 2 - Legion FC 0 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- May 20: El Paso Locomotive FC 2 - Legion FC 1 at Protective Stadium
- May 27: Detroit City FC 1 - Legion FC 0 at Hamtramck, Michigan
- June 17: Legion FC 2 - Indy Eleven 1 at Protective Stadium
U.S. Open Cup
Legion FC beat the Chattanooga Red Wolves of USL League One 4-1 in the 2nd round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on April 5, 2023. They advanced through the 3rd round with a penalty-kick win over Chattanooga FC of the National Independent Soccer Association at the Alabama Soccer Stadium in Tuscaloosa on April 26.
In the round of 32, Legion faced its USLC Eastern Conference rival Memphis 901 FC at Protective Stadium on May 10 and came out with a 3-0 victory. On May 24 the club hosted its first match against a Major League Soccer opponent, facing Charlotte FC in the round of 16. Prosper Kasim scored in the 60th minute to give Birmingham a 1-0 victory.
18,418 fans came to Protective Stadium on June 7 for the quarter-final match against Inter Miami. The match ended with an 0-1 loss marked by a controversial no-call when Miami's Ian Fray kicked Tyler Pasher.
- Goodman, Joseph (May 12, 2023) "History is here for Birmingham Legion FC against MLS club." AL.com
- Goodman, Joseph (June 8, 2023) "The moment Birmingham fell in love with its soccer club." AL.com
- Byington, Pat (June 8, 2023) "18K+ fans pack Protective Stadium despite Legion FC loss." Bham Now
- Birmingham Legion FC website