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Legion FC to Welcome Atlanta United FC in Preseason Clash

By Staff, 12/10/19, 11:17AM EST


Star-studded Five Stripes squad to visit BBVA Field on Saturday, February 8

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham Legion FC will open its 2020 season with a bang as it welcomes Major League Soccer powerhouse and 2018 MLS Cup champion Atlanta United FC for its opening game of the preseason on Saturday, February 8 at BBVA Field.

Legion FC standouts Mikey Lopez, Matt VanOekel, Daniel Johnson, Anderson Asiedu and Prosper Kasim will return to lead the team against Atlanta United greats Brad Guzan, Josef Martinez, Ezequiel Barco, Miles Robinson and Pity Martínez, among others. The match is set to take place shortly before Atlanta kicks off its campaign in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League against Motagua of Honduras.

“This will be the biggest soccer event in Birmingham since the 1996 Olympics and the U.S. Women’s National Team game in 2015,” said Legion FC President and General Manager Jay Heaps. “Atlanta United has ranked in the top 10 in the world for attendance and have proven to be a top tier MLS Club. We are honored they are coming to the Magic City to play us on our home field.”

In addition to being 2018 MLS Cup Champions, Atlanta United also won the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, were champions of the 2019 Campeones Cup in August, and most recently finished the 2019 MLS regular season in second place in the MLS Eastern Conference, advancing to the Eastern Conference Final of the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. 

“Since launching our club ahead of the 2017 season, we’ve prioritized traveling to preseason games in the Southeast,” Atlanta United President Darren Eales said. “From Chattanooga to Charleston to Nashville, and now to Birmingham, we’re proud to play a role in the tremendous growth of soccer in our region. Birmingham Legion FC had a successful inaugural season in USL last year, and we’re excited to help launch their 2020 season at BBVA Field.”

 “If you love soccer and want to be a part of a unique piece of Birmingham soccer history, you won’t want to miss this game,” added Heaps.

New and renewed Legion FC season ticket holders will receive exclusive access to the match, Media Contact: Clayton Humphries 334.740.9986 in addition to pre-game festivities, a post-game meet-and-greet with players, coaches and staff — and priority for purchasing additional tickets closer to the February event.

Birmingham Legion FC’s 2020 USL Championship season will officially begin in March, and season tickets are available now. Those interested in purchasing season tickets should contact the Legion FC ticket sales office at (205) 791-7145 or email All season ticket information is available at

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