BIRMINGHAM, AL. (Feb. 14, 2020) – Birmingham Legion FC announced today the signings of defender Johannes Bergmann and midfielder Bruno Lapa, pending league and federation approval.
“We are excited to add Johannes and Bruno to our roster,” said Legion FC President and General Manager Jay Heaps. “Johannes is an excellent defender and will strengthen the spine of our team, and Bruno is a creative and versatile attacking option going forward in the attack.”
Bergmann, 25, most recently played at the University of Maryland from 2017 to 2019, where he started 61 of a possible 63 games and anchored the backline as the Terrapins won the 2018 National Title. He was First Team All-Big Ten, and was on the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region First Team in 2019.
Before coming to the U.S., Bergmann grew up playing for German Bundesliga youth club RW Erfurt, and then spent three years with FSV Wacker Nordhausen, making 56 appearances. He also was a member of the German Under-18 National Team and German Under-20 National Team.
Lapa, 22, played college soccer at Wake Forest University from 2016 to 2019, and he made 80 appearances in four years, scoring 23 goals and adding 15 assists. He was the 2018 ACC Midfielder of the Year, a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, and a United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News First Team All-American.
Transaction: Birmingham Legion FC signed Johannes Bergmann and Bruno Lapa, pending league and federation approval.
Name: Johannes Bergmann
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 186 lbs.
Birthdate: September 29, 1994 (age: 25)
Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany
Previous Club: University of Maryland (NCAA D1)
Name: Bruno Felipe Serbena Lapa
Height: 5’ 9”
Weight: 155 lbs.
Birthdate: May 10, 1997 (age: 22)
Birthplace: Curitiba, Brazil
Previous Club: Wake Forest University (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 bhmlegion.com. Supporters are encouraged to download the Legion FC app and follow @bhmlegion on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest club news.