Reorganize the Defense
Legion FC was already short for defenders heading into its match with New York Red Bulls II, but an injury to center back Razak Cromwell and a one-game suspension for fullback Kyle Culbertson shrank the list of options further. While Birmingham still has capable defenders to call upon, the amount of injuries presents a need for reorganization at the back.
Doing so effectively from the opening whistle Sunday will be key against the third-highest scoring side in the Eastern Conference in Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.
Spring the Counterattack
The black and gold’s stability at the back the second half of the season has led to many dangerous opportunities off of the counterattack. Against New York, the boys did well to win the ball back and quickly transition to play attackers Brian Wright, JJ Williams, and Prosper Kasim up the field and aim to capitalize on an out of position Red Bulls defense.
Legion FC can expect Pittsburgh to be comfortable on the ball and in possession and come out with a high level of intensity on Sunday, allowing for the same opportunities to break on the counter that were prevalent in the 2-1 victory against NY.
Birmingham put two goals past New York, but it could have been as many as four or five. Legion FC succeeded in creating goal scoring opportunities, but it failed to capitalize on certain opportunities that would have allowed for some breathing room during the win.
The boys will have to make sure they finish their chances against a Pittsburgh team that is fourth in the East for least amount of goals allowed (30). Seeing as chances may be hard to come by, there is no room for missed opportunities in Sunday’s contest.