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Gameday Previews – Sunday, September 17

By Staff, 09/16/23, 12:55PM EDT


Birmingham aims to build on victory as it heads to face Rio Grande Valley for first time

Birmingham Legion FC and Enzo Martinez will pay their first visit to H-E-B Park on Sunday to take on Rio Grande Valley FC. | Photo courtesy Ron Potts / Birmingham Legion FC

Rio Grande Valley FC and Birmingham Legion FC will meet for the first time to wrap up Week 28 in the USL Championship’s regular season on Sunday night with visiting Legion FC aiming to build on a morale-boosting victory last time out as they head to South Texas.

Here's a look ahead at the action.

Rio Grande Valley FC vs. Birmingham Legion FC

Venue: H-E-B Park
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Broadcast: ESPN+

The Lowdown: Birmingham Legion FC will look for a second consecutive victory as it visits Rio Grande Valley FC with the hosts in need of a victory to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with six games to go in the season. The Toros (7-10-11, 32pts) remain on a three-game winless streak after their most recent outing last Saturday against Hartford Athletic was postponed due to lightning and heavy rain at Trinity Health Stadium. With RGV FC idle, the gap to the playoff places has grown to seven points after Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC’s victory against Orange County SC on Friday night, putting the Toros under pressure to cut into that deficit back on home turf. Legion FC (12-13-3, 39pts) steadied its bid to earn a fifth consecutive playoff berth last Sunday, meanwhile, as Neco Brett’s 11th goal of the season lifted the side to a 1-0 win against New Mexico United. The Jamaican’s goal was his 80th in the USL Championship’s regular season, moving him into sole possession of second place in league history. With Indy Eleven’s defeat in New Mexico on Friday night, Birmingham would move up a spot in the standings with all three points, but the side has only won one of its last four away outings dating back to August 4.  

Spotlight Players
Rio Grande Valley FC – Taylor Davila:
The central midfielder has arguably been the Toros’ best player all season with five goals and four assists, and he could need to put in another strong display against Legion FC’s midfield corps.

Birmingham Legion FC – Tabort Etaka Preston: The Cameroonian winger has made four substitute appearances since arriving from Las Vegas and could be in line for his first start after notching his first assist for his new club against New Mexico.

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