Legion FC will begin its 2021 season with a preseason friendly on Sunday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m. CST at BBVA Field in Birmingham.
All-USL players Bruno Lapa and Alex Crognale will return to the squad with other Legion FC standouts including Mikey Lopez, Matt VanOekel, Neco Brett, Anderson Asiedu and Prosper Kasim to lead the team against Atlanta United greats Josef Martinez, Ezequiel Barco, Miles Robinson, George Bello and Brad Guzan, among others.
The match is set to take place shortly before Atlanta begins its Major League Soccer season and the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League competition.
“We are excited to have Atlanta United back in Birmingham,” Legion FC President and General Manager Jay Heaps said in a press release. “Atlanta continues to be a premier club, not only in Major League Soccer, but also in the world game, and it is an honor to host them as they prepare for the CCL and their upcoming MLS season.”
Atlanta United’s achievements include the 2018 MLS Cup, the 2019 U.S. Open Cup, the 2019 Campeones Cup, and consistently leading the league and setting records in attendance.
“We’re excited to be able to continue our commitment of playing preseason matches throughout the Southeast region, with this year’s match marking the fifth consecutive season we’ve traveled to a neighboring state for a friendly,” Atlanta United President Darren Eales said in a press release. “Birmingham FC were gracious hosts last year as we put on a great event for soccer in the Southeast. We’re looking forward to another matchup at BBVA Field as we kick-off our 2021 season.”
Due to COVID-19 regulations, Legion FC season ticket holders will be the only fans in attendance with guaranteed seats, and they will have priority for purchasing additional tickets closer to the event date.
Birmingham Legion FC’s third season in the USL Championship will officially start on or around May 1 with the schedule set to be announced later this month.
Gunnar Sadowey is the sports editor for the Crimson. He is a senior from Elkhart, IN. Gunnar is currently a journalism and mass communications major with a print concentration and a German minor.