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Dan Barlow Named Legion FC Director of Sports Science and Performance

By Clayton Humphries, 11/28/18, 3:15PM CST

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Barlow brings U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer success to Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL. (Nov. 28, 2018) – Birmingham Legion FC announced today the hiring of Dan Barlow as Director of Sports Science and Performance ahead of the club’s 2019 inaugural United Soccer League Championship season. Barlow joins Legion FC following a year as Strength and Conditioning Coach with the United States Men’s National Team. He also brings prior MLS experience, having helped Real Salt Lake win an MLS Cup Championship, two Conference Championships, and appearances in the U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions Cup finals.

“Adding Dan to our technical staff is another statement hire for our club,” said Legion FC President and General Manager Jay Heaps. “His experience and, more importantly, his success at the highest level of professional soccer in the US will help our players achieve their maximum performance.”

Barlow’s career began with his alma mater, the University of Maryland, as Strength and Conditioning Coach. He later founded Barlow Consulting, and served in roles of Strength and Conditioning Coach and Director of Sports Science and Performance for Salt Lake from 2007 to 2016.

Barlow joined Heaps and Legion FC Head Coach Tom Soehn in New England in 2017 as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Revolution, then spent time working at the Heiden Institute for Sports Science and Human Performance as High-Performance Manager before joining the national team. He also spent the 2018 USL Championship season as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Charlotte Independence.

Barlow steps into his role immediately and will be in attendance this weekend at the Legion FC combine.

Career Highlights:
     - MLS Cup Champion - 2009
     - MLS Cup Runners-Up - 2013
     - 
MLS Open Cup Runners-Up - 2013
     - CONCACAF Champions League Finalist - 2011
     - MLS Eastern Conference Champion - 2009
     - MLS Western Conference Champion - 2013
     - CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinalist - 2015/2016

About Birmingham Legion FC
Set to debut as an expansion member of the United Soccer League in 2019, Birmingham Legion FC is the Magic City’s first and only locally owned and operated professional soccer franchise. The club will play home matches at a newly renovated BBVA Compass Field, on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, beginning in the Spring of 2019. For ticket information and to purchase official Legion FC merchandise, please visit bhmlegion.com. Supporters are encouraged to follow @bhmlegion on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest club news.

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