BIRMINGHAM, AL (Jan. 7, 2019) – Birmingham Legion FC announced today the signing of forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen. The Beninese native brings Major League Soccer experience to Birmingham, following a three-year stint with the New England Revolution.
“Femi is a player we know well from his time in MLS,” said Legion FC President and General Manager Jay Heaps. “Not only does he exhibit a physical, attacking style of play at a variety of positions, he has excellent character and will be a good presence in the locker room.”
Hollinger-Janzen was initially drafted in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by New England and made 20 appearances that season, bagging two goals and an assist. He was selected by Minnesota United FC with the 10th pick in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft but was traded back to New England before the start of the 2017 MLS season. He played 14 times for New England in 2017, and then spent the 2018 season splitting time between New England and USL Championship side, Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
MLS scouts caught wind of Hollinger-Janzen during his collegiate career at Indiana University. He made 88 appearances for the Hoosiers in four years, scoring 22 goals while adding eight assists and winning the 2012 NCAA College Cup.
Prior to enrolling in Bloomington, Hollinger-Janzen was a standout high school player at Bethany Christian School in Goshen, Indiana. He had a total of 150 goals and 23 assists in his high school career and in 2011 was named a Gatorade All-American, the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year, and the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year.
Transaction: On January 7, 2019, Legion FC signed forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen to a multi-year contract.
Name: Oluwafemi Moise Hollinger-Janzen
Height: 6’ 0”
Weight: 174 lbs.
Jersey Number: 88
Birthdate: December 14, 1993 (age: 25)
Birthplace: Cotonou, Benin
Citizenship: United States
Previous Club: New England Revolution (MLS)
Facebook: Oluwafemi Moise Hollinger-Janzen
- U.S. Open Cup Finalist - 2016
- NCAA College Cup Champion – 2012
- Gatorade All-American, Indiana Player of the Year - 2011
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.