From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Birmingham Legion FC lost 4-1 against the Charlotte Independence on Saturday night, June 15.
Things were tied up at the first half at 1-1 with Charlotte taking an early goal at the 7’ minute. The Legion answered back within 20 minutes as #10 Prosper Kasim bagged the goal with a pinpoint effort from outside the box after picking up a layoff from #5 Mikey Lopez.
Charlotte had an early goal in the second half; a penalty and fourth goal on a breakaway ended things in their favor.
Razak Cromwell, #30, subbed on for #33 Kyle Culbertson in the first half after the right-back picked up a knock, and then both #27 Eddie Opoku and #3 Kyle Fisher both made their returns from injury to sub on the second half. Opoku was hounded the Charlotte backline and Fisher slid into the middle of a back three to help organize.
“One of the main topics was to get shots off, and to Prosper’s credit, I feel like he tried doing that today and caused some havoc,” said Legion FC Head Coach Tom Soehn. “I thought we came into the first half at least evenly matched, and then the disappointing part is the second half we opened up, and we’re leaking goals. We’ve got to find a way to stay compact and organized and see out games. I felt like we had a couple of opportunities to get back in, and then we made a couple of individual errors that cost us. We’ve just got to find a way to stop leaking the goals.”