Legion FC kicks off a Summer of Soccer with David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF and much more

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Birmingham Legion FC vs Charlotte – May 24,2023 (Bham Now)

Every summer, the movie industry rolls out their blockbusters. Remember Top Gun Maverick last year, with its can’t-miss action and great storyline?

This June, who needs Tom Cruise when you have Birmingham Legion FC to watch at The Magic City’s own outdoor multiplex—Protective Stadium

Beginning Wednesday, June 7th, Birmingham Legion FC is premiering its own lineup of blockbusters that include a Rocky vs. Apollo Creed-like playoff matchup and the introduction of a team of Wonder Women. And there is much more in store throughout the entire month, with doubleheaders and must-win league games.

Like the trailer? Read on to learn about Legion FC’s Summer of Soccer.

The Big Game: Legion FC vs. Inter Miami CF—June 7th

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Birmingham Legion FC vs Charlotte – May 24,2023 (Bham Now)

It was the shot heard round the soccer world. Legion FC’s Prosper Kasim scored the go-ahead goal against Charlotte FC in the U.S. Open Cup Sweet 16, defeating the  MLS team 1-0  in front of a record crowd at Protective Stadium. What was the atmosphere like? 

Legion FC’s Head Coach Tommy Soehn described it best:

“The emotions, the fans, at the last Open Cup Game—the atmosphere, was electric. Phenomenal. I can’t tell you how many times on the field I heard first time fans say “that was just amazing.”

As a result of the big win, the Three Sparks earned the right to host Inter Miami CF, another MLS team owned by one of the most famous soccer players on the planet—David Beckham. 

Yes, this is the namesake of the popular film Bend It Like Beckham who is married Victoria aka “Posh Spice.”

Much like the movie Hoosiers, the U.S. Open Cup gives pro soccer teams big and small a chance to play for the 110-year old tournament title. 

A win will send our hometown team to the semi-finals. 

Want to be part of the story? Bring your family and friends to Protective Stadium on Wednesday night at 7PM. Get your tickets now

Make “Her”story Too on June 7th

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USLW, 5-25-23 (Birmingham Legion FC)

If you are a fan of the comedy Ted Lasso, you know that a scene in the show finale depicted characters Rebecca and Keely starting a new project—the creation of an AFC Richmond Women’s team. Birmingham’s Legion FC has beaten the fictional AFC Richmond to it. 

Want to make some “her”story?

Before the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals game, the Legion Women’s Football Club (WFC) is playing their inaugural match at 3:30PM against South Georgia Tormenta FC.

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Legion WFC (Birmingham Legion FC)

With a roster made up primarily of current players from UAB, Alabama, Auburn and Samford, the team has yet to lose any of its first four away games. 

Another bonus: Purchase a ticket for the historic Open Cup match and get in early to see the home opener for the WFC. You are not going to get a deal that good at any movie theater this summer!

Doubleheaders all June and Fun for Families 

The 2-for-1 deal is not just for the U.S. Open Cup game. If you purchase any ticket for Legion FC during the month of June, you can attend the Legion WFC matches on the same day for free.

Legion FC is playing two critical USL Championship league games in the coming weeks. 

They are:

Saturday, June 17, 6:30PM vs. Indy Eleven

Wednesday, June 21, 7:00PM vs. Loudoun United FC

Along with providing an opportunity to watch top flight soccer matches, the atmosphere is fan-friendly with food trucks on-site and drink specials.

For the kids, there are inflatables and opportunities to meet their heroes on the pitch after the games.

Summer of Soccer

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Anderson Aseidu – Birmingham Legion FC v. Hartford Athletic at Protective Stadium, April 30, 2023 (Trent Giles)

Who needs to watch blockbuster Hollywood movies when you have all the drama and fun happening at Protective Stadium with the Birmingham Legion this month. If you are looking to forge lifelong memories, you don’t want to miss these games.

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