Atlanta United will set foot on Alabamian soil for the first time today in the team’s fourth preseason match as they prepare for the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League and MLS campaigns. The match this afternoon is the only one of the preseason slate that is open to the public, and the public has reacted strongly, selling out the 5,000 seat BBVA Field on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. This should make for a loud, intimate atmosphere that will result in an exciting game. Kickoff time is listed as 4:30 PM EST.
While this is the first time Atlanta United will play the Birmingham Legion, this match adds to the growing list of southeastern lower division clubs that Atlanta United has paid a preseason visit. The club has stated its priority to travel across the southeast during its preseasons, growing the sport and giving exposure to non-MLS clubs. You can learn more about the Legion, their players, and their stadium here.
The match will be broadcast on television in the Birmingham area through Legion FC’s TV partner, my68 WABM. For those not in the broadcast area, Atlanta United is also streaming the match for free on atlutd.com/live, which will begin 15 minutes before kickoff. In addition, the commentary on the stream will be synced with the feed from 92.9 The Game, which will also be covering the match.
This will be the last preseason match before United heads to Guadalajara, Mexico, for more training and a final preseason match against Leones Negros in the lead up to the first CONCACAF Champions League matches with Honduran club FC Motagua.
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
#ATLUTD's starting 11 vs. Birmingham Legion in Saturday's friendly:https://t.co/s0eJbjL3N2#MLS#USL— Doug Roberson (@DougRobersonAJC) February 8, 2020
Birmingham Legion’s Lineup:
The XI vs @ATLUTD!#BHMvATL | @alabamapower pic.twitter.com/H6qaB8eHkN— Birmingham Legion FC (@bhmlegion) February 8, 2020
How to Watch:
Venue: BBVA Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Kickoff Time: 4:30 PM EST
Available TV: my68 WABM (Birmingham area)
Available Streaming: atlutd.com/live, YouTube
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game
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