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Match Recap: Legion FC defeats Charlotte for third win in a row

By Clayton Humphries, 07/27/19, 10:30PM CDT

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#11 JJ Williams bagged the game-winner in the 28th minute

BIRMINGHAM, AL (July 27, 2019) – Birmingham Legion FC defeated the Charlotte Independence 1-0 to finish out the month of July undefeated, with three wins in a row and zero goals allowed.

Local kid JJ Williams proved to be the difference maker on the night, bagging the lone goal of the match in the 28th minute. After a bit of a scramble at the top of the box, Legion FC’s #11 latched onto the ball and had a go, and his shot looped over the outstretched arms of the CLT ‘keeper and in the back of the net.

When asked about how well the team has performed this month, his first extended period of time with the club since he has been on loan from the MLS’s Columbus Crew, Williams said, “It’s very exciting, especially considering that I’m going to be spending some more time here.”

“It’s one of those things where in Columbus we were in a rough patch and then here we were in a rough patch, so if I can make a difference for whatever team I’m on and actually start to build some chemistry like I talked about [Wednesday at practice] and I’m really happy to finally be getting results. As we’re doing it, we’re playing good football, and it’s not just we’re getting lucky or scoring a goal and sitting back. We’re playing good football the entire time. Charlotte last time battered us, so for us to have the performance that we did tonight it’s really good to see.”

Head Coach Tommy Soehn has kept the squad focused all month long on the bigger picture – the goal to get all nine possible points in the month of July. He was pleased with how the group has come together following a rough first half of the season, as he said, “It’s so rewarding when you set a goal and then you achieve that goal. I think when you look deeper into it, the fact that we haven’t conceded any goals through that stretch says a lot about where the group is at. Even tonight there were some tough moments and the resiliency of our defenders, and I’m not just talking about our defenders but everybody defending, means the world. That’s how you win games.”

“The growth of the team through this month of July has been massive. So now we hit the road and we have to learn how to do that on the road. We hit that second test of what we want to become. We have to be successful in this stretch to, at least, to talk about the playoffs. So, it was a big result tonight.”

Legion FC outproduced Charlotte in several statistical categories, like shots (9-8), but more importantly shots on goal (6-2). The possession arrow pointed slightly towards the visitors, as they held 54.1%, but passing accuracy was even on both sides, as both teams completed 79%. The telling statistic in favor of the home side is duels won, of 50/50 balls won, where Legion FC led 71 to 37 in the match.

Box Score:

 

1st Half

2nd Half

BHM

1

0

CLT

0

0

 

Goals:
BHM – 28’ - #11 JJ Williams

BHM heads to Canada next week as the squad hits the road again to play at Ottawa on Friday, August 2 at 6:00PM CT. Follow @bhmlegion on Twitter for live game updates, and watch live on ESPN+.

The next Legion FC home game takes place on Saturday, August 17 at BBVA Field versus fellow USL Championship expansion side Memphis 901 FC at 7:00PM. Tickets are available at bhmlegion.com/tickets or by calling the Legion FC Ticket Office at 205-600-4635.

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