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Birmingham Legion FC Sign Forward Mensah, Goalkeeper Parker

By Legion FC Communications Team, 02/04/20, 4:15PM CST


Two young players bring talent, potential to continue filling out 2020 roster

BIRMINGHAM, AL. (Feb. 4, 2020) – Birmingham Legion FC announced today the signings of forward Rudolf Mensah, pending the finalization of a P1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC), and goalkeeper Ford Parker, pending league and federation approval.  

“We are excited to add Rudolf and Ford to our roster,” said Legion FC President and General Manager Jay Heaps. “Rudolf is a dynamic young attacking player with game-changing speed, and Ford is a player with excellent potential that can come in and provide us some quality depth this season at the goalkeeper position.”

Mensah, 18, previously played for Ghanaian Premier League club Liberty Professionals FC, and in the club’s three matches so far this season made two appearances and scored one goal. He joins Neco Brett, Anderson Asiedu, Prosper Kasim, and Razak Cromwell in filling one of Legion FC’s seven international roster slots.

Heaps and Head Coach Tom Soehn returned to Ghana in November to scout Mensah in person. Legion FC players Kasim and Cromwell were both signed after Heaps and Soehn scouted them in Greater Accra, Ghana in prior seasons.

Parker, 23, attended the Legion FC combine in December and played himself into a roster spot. He most recently played for the University of California, Irvine in 2019 as a graduate transfer, and he started all 18 matches he played in while earning a goals against average of just 1.10 per game. His college career began at the University of New Mexico, where he played from 2015-2018.

Transaction: Birmingham Legion FC signed Rudolf Mensah, pending the finalization of a P1 visa and ITC, and Ford Parker, pending league and federation approval.

Player Profile:
Name: Rudolf Nana Kwasi Mensah Jr.
Position: Forward
Number: 14
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthdate: May 20, 2001 (age: 18)
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
Citizenship: Ghana
Previous Club: Liberty Professionals FC (Ghanaian Premier League)

Player Profile:
Name: Ford Donovan Parker
Position: Goalkeeper
Number: 0
Height: 6’ 2”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthdate: August 16, 1996 (age: 23)
Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM
Citizenship: United States
Previous Club: UC Irvine (NCAA D1)

About Birmingham Legion FC
Launched in 2018 as an expansion member of the USL Championship, Birmingham Legion FC is the Magic City’s first and only locally owned and operated professional soccer franchise. Legion FC finished their inaugural campaign in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the USL Championship playoffs. The club plays home matches at BBVA Field, on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For ticket information and to purchase official Legion FC merchandise, please visit Supporters are encouraged to download the Legion FC app and follow @bhmlegion on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest club news.

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