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Match Preview: Legion FC at Atlanta United 2 – Wednesday, September 4, 2019

By Clayton Humphries, 09/04/19, 8:30AM CDT

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Birmingham Legion FC at Atlanta United 2

Wednesday, September 4 – 6:30PM CT Kickoff – Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw, GA
Watch – ESPN+

Legion FC looks to continue riding the momentum from its active, eight-game unbeaten run into a contest at Atlanta.

BHM’s recent historic shutout streak ended at Bethlehem at 624 minutes, the fourth-longest streak in USL Championship history. Legion FC have now outscored their opponents 12-3 during the eight-game run and get back a few key players (Mikey Lopez, Razak Cromwell, Kyle Culbertson, Kyle Fisher) that missed the Loudoun match due to various injuries and one-game suspensions.

Atlanta United 2 currently sits in 16th place in the Eastern Conference standings, 13 points behind BHM. The team has just two wins since early April, and in the first BHMvATL game of the season on July 20, Legion FC put up its highest goals tally of the season, winning 4-0.

ATL has had to withstand a lot of roster turnover this season, as 39 players have seen the field for the team, the second-most in the USL Championship. The squad has also struggled defensively, having given up the second-most goals in the league with 60 in 25 matches and only registered two clean sheets. They have only scored 29 goals, but when they do attack, it often runs through Jack Metcalf, who leads the team in chances created (41), is tied for team lead in assists (3) and is fourth in the USL in passes (1,315). End product more often than not comes from Bienvenue Kanakimana who is tops for Atlanta with six goals, Jackson Conway who is second with five, or Brandon Vasquez who is third with three.

According to Head Coach Tommy Soehn, “this match is a really important one for us. Obviously, we left Loudoun disappointed with just getting one point. We felt we left points on the table, and at this point in the season, after our slow start, we can’t afford to drop many points as we push towards the playoffs. All road games are difficult, but we’ve trained well and trained hard this week and we’ll be ready.”

#9 Chandler Hoffman (ruptured PCL), #13 Tyler Savitsky (groin), #16 Daigo Kobayashi (knee), #27 Eddie Opoku (ankle), and #88 Femi Hollinger-Janzen (concussion) are out, per the VIVA Health injury report. #21 Zach Herivaux is also unavailable for selection as he has been called up to represent the Haitian National Team in the CONCACAF Nations League competition.  

Follow @bhmlegion on Twitter for live game updates, and watch live on ESPN+.

The next Legion FC match takes place at home on Friday, September 13 at BBVA Field versus Saint Louis 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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