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Legion FC cites concerns over field after season opener

Updated: May. 1, 2021 at 10:52 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - This weekend, Legion FC kicked off it’s third season in Birmingham.

Birmingham’s professional USL soccer club held media day Thursday to preview it’s home opener on Saturday. Legion, who made the playoffs it’s first two seasons, aims to host a playoff game this year.

Although they’ve added a few names to the roster, fans will see a lot of familiar faces back on the field.

“I think the biggest thing is we didn’t have much turnover. We added to our core that we had and I’m excited about the talent level, I’m excited about our depth, and I’m excited about how far we are at this stage because three years ago we were starting from scratch,” said Legion FC coach Tommy Soehn.

Legion FC hosted Indy Eleven. Legion lost 0-1 at fulltime. After the match, Legion released a statement citing concerns about the conditions of field:

UAB Facilities Associate Vice President Greg Parsons responded, “We regret that we did not have the field in acceptable condition for the Legion home opener. We conducted a needed, planned transition from rye grass to the underlying Bermuda for the season but the recent cool weather slowed the Bermuda’s normal growth. We have been working to address the problem and anticipate that the field will be in good condition by the next Legion home match on May 15.”

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