Birmingham Legion FC to kick-off 2020 preseason vs. 2018 MLS Cup Champions, Atlanta United

Magic City Brigade, the Birmingham Legion supporter group. Photo from the Magic City Brigade Facebook page

Hammer Down Birmingham!

Legion FC will kickoff its 2020 season in the Magic City with a preseason friendly against MLS powerhouse and 2018 MLS Cup Champions, Atlanta United FC, on Saturday, February 8, at 3:30 p.m. CT at BBVA Field.

“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.”

Photo from the Birmingham Legion Football Club Instagram

In addition to being 2018 MLS Cup Champions, Atlanta United also won the 2019 U.S. Open Cup, were champions of the 2019 Campeones Cup in August, and most recently finished the 2019 MLS regular season as the two-seed in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Exclusive for season ticket holders

Birmingham Legion FC at BBVA Field. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Want to attend the game?

You’ve got to be a new or renewed Legion FC season ticket holder to guarantee your spot for the big game.

Season ticket holders will receive exclusive access to the match, 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.

The Magic City Brigade is excited too

The Birmingham Legion’s supporters group, the Magic City Brigade is also very excited about their beloved Legion taking on our MLS neighbors.

Simon Iles, Brigade board member added.

“The Atlanta United game is yet another exciting milestone for Birmingham Legion FC and for soccer fans in the city. I cannot think of a better way to kick off the 2020 season than with a marquee match like this. We in the Magic City Brigade will be out in force, chanting, singing and drumming throughout the entire 90 minutes and would love to extend an invitation to anyone who wants to join us in the supporters section during the 2020 season. I can guarantee you will have the most fun of anyone in the stadium!”

Learn more about the Brigade at .

Building off a successful inaugural season

The Legion is coming off a successful 2019 inaugural season, which saw it reach the 2nd round of the USL playoffs. Legion FC standouts Mikey Lopez, Matt VanOekel, Daniel Johnson, Anderson Asiedu and Prosper Kasim are returning to lead the team.

Perfect gift for Christmas

Birmingham Legion FC’s 2020 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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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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