BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - There weren’t enough seats for everyone Sunday at BBVA Compass Field.
Birmingham Legion FC made its debut with a 2-0 defeat to Bethlehem Steel FC in the first professional soccer game in the city’s history, but despite the result, a standing-room-only crowd stayed for the full 90 minutes.
The official attendance county was 5,807, well beyond the 5,000-seat capacity of BBVA Compass Field.
Fans chanted and cheered as Legion FC (1-0) nearly scored its first goal in franchise history several times.
It wasn’t until the 53rd minute that Kacper Przybylko gave Bethlehem Steel FC a 1-0 lead. Zach Zandi, who recorded an assist on Przybylko’s goal, added a goal in the 68th minute.
Legion FC will face Ottawa Fury FC here in Birmingham on March 16.