Busy Off-week for Legion FC

By: Tyler Patchen

Despite a bye week for Legion FC, as international sides are set to compete against each other this week, the local club is constantly tuning and making moves to secure its standing as Spring comes around.

In response to international competition convening, Legion FC midfielder Zachary Herivaux has received an international call-up to represent Haiti on Sunday, March 24 against Cuba. This match is part of the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying. Herivaux joined Legion FC on March 14 in an open-ended loan from New England Revolution.

Zachary Herivaux (BHM Legion) marks L. Messi in an international friendly against Argentina in May 2018. Photo courtesy of Gabriel Rossi / Getty Images South America

“It’s exciting to have one of our players called in to national team duty,” said Legion FC president and GM Jay Heaps. “Zach continues to work hard and that’s always reinforced when you get called in to represent your country.”

Herivaux made his international debut for Haiti on October 10, 2017 in a 3-3 draw against Japan.

In acquisition news, Birmingham Legion FC have managed to acquire Ghanaian forward Edward Opoku from Columbus Crew SC on a season-long loan.

“Eddie is another key attacking piece that we’re excited to add to the group,” said Heaps. “We’re happy to have Eddie join the team, and we want to get him acclimated as quickly as we can.”

Opoku was selected by the Crew with the ninth pick of the Second Round in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. To date, the forward has made five regular season appearances for the Crew.

Prior to joining Columbus, Opoku attended the University of Virginia, making 53 appearances and registering 16 goals and nine assists. Legion manager Tommy Soehn was a part of the Crew staff last season and worked with Opoku after he was drafted.

Birmingham’s next opponent will be Louisville City on the road on March 30th. It will be broadcasted on WABM68 and ESPN+. The Magic City Brigade is hosting a viewing party at Birmingham District Brewing Company. All are welcome to join.

Tyler Patchen is a full-time reporter for the Birmingham Business Journal and an avid soccer fan. You can find him on Twitter at @BhamHealthTech

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