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All quiet on the home front, as nothing new has been announced about the Hammers/Legion since news of the UAB stadium expansion. However, this is a great chance to catch up on anything you may have missed, so here’s a quick summary of the offseason so far:
The USMNT will be playing a friendly against Paraguay this upcoming Tuesday, March 27th. As is the theme of this cycle, now that the World Cup is out of the question, the roster features a lot of young American talent, with the average age being 23.
The quarter-finals of the Champions League have been drawn, featuring some pretty great matchups. The first leg will kick off on April 3rd.
What to Watch this Weekend
The USL is back in full force, with a full slate of games this weekend. Tune in (games are live streamed on YouTube) to check out some of Legions’ competition for 2019.