Birmingham Legion WFC Roster Announced: A Brief Breakdown

A Big Roster For a Massive Club

Birmingham Legion WFC has announced their official roster and to catch many by surprise, it consists of 39 players. For those wondering why, it is because the end of the USL W League Playoffs happens at the same time most universities recall their players from their summer clubs back to training camp. So if (and when) Legion WFC are in the USL W League Finals, there will be plenty of players available to play.

It also needs to be said how much local talent is in this squad. I want you to look at the 2021 7A AHSAA First and Second-Teams. I think almost every single player on the first and second team are playing for Legion WFC. Insanity.

Roster Breakdown

Goalkeepers

Hannah Alexander – #00

Hannah Alexander is in the battle for GK1 this year at The University of Alabama after Mac Crone graduated. While at Alabama, the Texan has been training and working behind the 6 year starter, Crone. This spring, Hannah got 26′ in a 7-1 win over UAB, where she did concede the lone UAB goal, but made a good save and was an efficient passer.

Kacey Powell – #0

Kacey Powell is another youth talent, this time hailing from Decatur. Powell is another talented player that has been developing with Alabama FC for a long time, now playing in USL W League. She is on her way to lead the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State in 2023, trying to become one of the youngest GK1s in school history.

Mac Titus – #1

Titus is a wonderful goal keeping talent that became a bonified starter for the Mississippi State Bulldogs in 2022. While Titus has since moved to North Texas to play for the Mean Green, it does not change her natural shot stopping ability. The Chelsea native is looking to take a massive step forward in development this season.

Originally tweeted by Mississippi State Soccer (@HailStateSOC) on November 1, 2022.

Defenders

Tara Katz – #2

Katz is one of the more impressive fullbacks in the SEC. While she is a beast defensively, her passing ability from those wide areas are what make Tara so impressive. The Tennessee Volunteer has proved to be vital to the success of the program, and is not somebody an attacker OR defender want to come across. Did I mention the defensive ability? Good luck getting past her, winning a staggering 7 duels per game in her career.

Gaby Walker – #4

Walker is a defender for the Warhawks of Auburn-Montgomery, but proved to be a threat with the ball at her feet. Playing almost every single minute of her career at Auburn-Montgomery, the South African native is beyond dangerous as a distributor and saw her grow as more of deep lying player.

Logan McFadden – #8

McFadden is an absolute super star for Lipscomb University. The center back played almost every single minute for the Bison, holding down the left side. While she is not typically a fouling type, she is also not afraid to get aggressive and shutdown any attack, by any means. The Birmingham native is a true enforcer and is a super star of the ASUN. Don’t be surprised when you see Logan doing it under the brightest of lights.

Lizzie Hill – #11

Lizzie is a UAB defensive stud who played almost every single minute while with the Blazers. The Vestavia native was key cog in getting Vestavia Hills back-to-back state championships, but her university career is obviously what makes you the most excited. While she was listed as a defender, she has spent much of her 2022 season as a striker. Her ability as an either sided wing back or an out-and-out striker gives the 3 Sparks plenty of flexibility.

Meg Rodgers – #13

Meg Rodgers is a massive talent out of Starkville, Mississippi, used as a defender for Alabama FC. Rodgers is a talented defender, and is looking to compete at a stacked backline spot for the Bulldogs. The defender is not unaccustomed to bagging goals, though, playing as one of the top goal scorers at Starkville High.

Grace Ellis – #16

Ellis is a versatile fullback, playing both the right and left back positions at The University of North Alabama. While the Lioness did not rack up a ton of minutes, the time she was on was impactful. She is a fairly aggressive fullback in the sense that she tried some risky interceptions regularly, but it also worked majority of the time.

Cali Brewer – #18

Cali Brewer is a fairly unproven talent at 19 years old, but she has shown to be a force at the youth level. The center back and right back is battling for playing time at The University of Alabama, but many are very excited about the California native’s potential, including myself.

Keirson McDonald – #19

Keirson McDonald is an exciting youth talent for Alabama, but is tearing the AHSAA up out at Oak Mountain High School. The Birmingham native listed as a defender, but don’t be surprised if the 2023 graduate goes up top and bags a few goals.

Kaitlin Maynard – #21

Listed as a defender, Maynard will likely be used as a fullback for this Legion WFC team, but that does not take away from her holding ability in the midfield, or the threat she presents going forward in attack. The Samford Bulldog has played every position on the right hand side at the college level and has been highly successful in doing so.

Ava Mills – #37

Ava Mills is an extremely exciting prospect for the UAB Blazers, recently signing to play for the Blazers. The Tuscaloosa Academy attacking midfielder is a known goal scorer for the Knights, but seems to be moving back to a defensive role for not only Legion, but also for the Blazers.

Midfielders

Carley White – #5

White is an incoming freshman for Troy University, but is one of the most exciting prospects in the Sun Belt. The Madison native has been playing midfield for Alabama FC for several seasons and looks to continue being a contributor for this squad.

Sydney Soehn – #6

Soehn is a central midfielder through-and-through. For the Terriers, Sydney is used at right midfield, left midfielder, attacking midfield, and defensive midfield. Even so, Soehn is listed as a forward for Wofford, proving how diverse her footballing portfolio is. Her ability to win the ball in the center of the park is what makes her so dangerous and will be a key cog in this WFC machine.

Izzy Smith – #7

Izzy Smith is a star in the making, transferring back home from Indiana University to her native state of Alabama, now joining the Crimson Tide. While at Oak Mountain High School, Izzy was Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year, a USWNT U18 pool player, and had a measly 44 goal contributions her senior year. In Alabama’s 7-1 victory over UAB, Izzy played 71′ in the central midfield and was very aggressive in her passing ability, trying killer through balls often.

Avery Burleson – #10

Burleson is a midfielder at Mississippi College, and like many of the women on this roster, is a standout at their school. As a freshman, Avery played 15 matches, starting 7. Her passing ability is what got her noticed by Mississippi College, and it will be what you will notice when she is on the pitch.

Amanda Hall – #14

Hall is a bit of a Jack-of-all-Trades at The University of Alabama-Birmingham. The John Carroll graduate is listed as defender on the UAB roster, but the Blazers used her as a holding midfielder for most of her appearances, only appearing as a true center back in a friendly against Alabama. Her defensive ability is what stands out, but she is also a stud with the ball at her feet.

Jennifer Seward – #22

Jennifer is a central midfielder for the reigning SOCON champion Bulldogs. Despite playing mostly defensive midfield, she was also used in attacking role, both as an attacking midfielder and a left winger. Seward is an extremely intelligent defender of the ball, knowing how to shutdown an oncoming counter attack without giving away cheap fouls or yellow cards.

Kaylee Dressback – #23

Kaylee is another player that is listed as a midfielder, but has been used mostly has a center back at the university level. The Houston Cougar is incredibly diverse in her play, ranging from left back, center back, and has also looked highly successful as a true central midfielder.

Kaydence Ramirez – #26

While not listed on Legion WFC’s roster as a midfielder, Alabama expects the Texas native to be one. While primarily operating in the wide midfield areas, Kaydence was constantly getting in front of net and causing havoc in her short appearances for the Crimson Tide.

Morgan White – #28

Morgan White is the definition of a defensive midfielder. Even though she is listed as a defender on the UAB website, the Birmingham native was used most and best as a defensive midfielder, being one of the best bases in Conference USA. It is extremely likely that this is where White will make majority of her appearances for Legion WFC.

Hayley Wells – #30

Wells is another Oak Mountain product who is an absolute stud in the midfield. While Hayley is waiting to make her Furman Paladins debut, she is a known product here in the Magic City. The midfielder was captain of the Oak Mountain soccer team, showing not only the trust she had in the coaching staff, but her teammates alike.

Zoey Lee – #31

Zoey Lee might be one of the more interesting signings for Legion WFC. The Madison native made a name for herself when she moved down to IMG Academy and was considered to be the third best talent coming out of the state of Florida The Miami Hurricanes signed this exciting midfielder because of her technical ability and ability to get dangerous areas off the ball.

Jessica Wheeler – #32

Wheeler is a unique player and adds a very interesting wrinkle to this Legion line up. While she does have experience playing as a defensive midfielder, the Georgia native is an attacking midfielder at heart. Even so, she is not a high assist or goal scorer, she is an efficient dribbler of the ball that gets into dangerous areas.

Originally tweeted by UAB Women’s Soccer (@UAB_WSOC) on November 30, 2022.

Lucy Thrasher – #33

Lucy Thrasher is a UAB and Oak Mountain graduate that would often float between the backline and midfield. She was a constant fixture in the Blazer line up, playing 82 matches and was a stud defensively. Oh, and she also works for Legion as the Community and Fan Engagement Coordinator!

Mary Frances Symmes – #35

While she is not officially listed as a midfielder, the Gulfport native played pretty much anywhere and everywhere. She has been known to play as a center back, full back, attacking midfielder, and out-and-out striker. The North Carolina State commit is incredibly diverse in the way she plays, and maybe that is why she does not have a position listed. She can play anywhere.

Izabella Kulczycka – #36

Izabella is a high school midfielder and is one of the most exciting young talents for Alabama FC. Her ability as a deep lying playmaker, floating between full back, center back, and across the midfield makes her a threat. This was a really interesting signing as I have actually already interviewed Izabella discussing her article about USL Championship trends.

Forwards

Kate Smith – #3

Despite being from Gulfport, Mississippi, Kate Smith was playing for Alabama FC as her club team throughout high school. The 5’2″ forward has been all the buzz on The Grove, coming in as the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year. Not to mention she has 178 goal contributions throughout her high school career, and she was a track star.

Ashlynn Serepca – #9

Serepca is a highly diverse striker who can float between center forward and right winger. The former Virginia Cavalier and Alabama Crimson Tide forward made a name for herself by not only bagging goals for fun, but also scoring when it mattered, bagging 6 game winners in 2022.

Originally tweeted by Alabama Soccer (@AlabamaSoccer) on November 26, 2022.

Haley Duca – #12

The Chelsea native is a former Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year, playing midfield and forward for the Hornets, but has since slid back to a defensive role at Auburn University. Coming into her Junior Season down on The Plains, many expect her to get a massive jump in minutes. That said, she can absolutely go forward with only 152 goal contributions in her high school career. Not too shabby.

Maddie Massie – #15

Massie was considered by many to be the best player on an incredible Homewood squad. In 2021, she led this Homewood side to being 6A state champions, and according to Max Preps, the best high school team in the country. Maddie is joining Furman this season, looking to make a statement at the university level. Her many, many goal contributions speak for themself, now time to put those unspoken words into action.

Kate Henderson – #17

Kate Henderson found herself as the second choice striker behind Riley Mattingly Parker, but that does not mean she is second rate. The California native made way from the Golden State, and has been golden since 2021. For this Legion WFC squad, expect her to be up top and an absolute NIGHTMARE to deal with on set pieces.

Kailey Littleford – #20

Littleford is everything you dream about when you want a diverse forward. The Chelsea native was a must start forward for South Alabama, and many times appeared as the center forward, left, and right wing all in the same match. Kailey is considered to be one of the brightest talents for South Alabama. While her goal scoring numbers at the university level are not the highest, her ability to get into dangerous positions are what make her undroppable.

Norah Roller – #24

This Pelham native is joining Furman University this year, playing as a key member of the Indian Springs High School team who went back-to-back on state titles. Not only was she a key member of that squad, she bagged 10 hat tricks. Not just 10 goals, 10 HAT TRICKS. Roller is one of three Alabama FC, now Legion WFC, players who are waiting for their Furman debut, but it will come soon enough.

Izzy Passman – #25

Passman being listed on the Birmingham Legion WFC website as a forward was a bit of a shocker. The Blazer midfielder was primarily used as a wing back, but the Senior has since been moved forward as a true winger. There is a good chance that the Vestavia native is tapping into an attacking side of her game that was limited from her until recently.

Originally tweeted by UAB Women’s Soccer (@UAB_WSOC) on November 30, 2022.

Grace Freeman – #27

Freeman is the definition of a stud winger. Playing both the right and the left wings, Grace is a super young talent looking to become a vital part to an Ole Miss attack. While injury ended her 2022 season, her returning to Birmingham to play this summer is sure to get everybody in Oxford excited. The Oxford native is a natural goal scorer, getting 81 goal contributions in high school from that wing area.

Aileen Charles – #29

Charles is a very interesting player coming out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The West Alabama forward came onto the scene and was immediately a starter for the Tigers. In her freshman year, she bagged two goals and two assists, but the fact she was undroppable as a freshman should tell you everything you need to know about Aileen.

Georgia Cousins – #34

Georgia Cousins was a four year starter at Thompson High School, being named to All-Metro and All-State honors. Even so, Cousins was a defender in college, but still had 24 goal contributions. Her being signed for both Legion and South Alabama as a forward shows the talent that they believe that she brings.

Schedule

1May 196:30pmOptim Sports Medicine Field – Tormenta StadiumSouth Georgia Tormenta FCBirmingham Legion FC
2May 256:30pmRavenwood High SchoolTennessee SCBirmingham Legion FC
3May 276:30pmMarathon ParkSouthern Soccer AcademyBirmingham Legion FC
4June 46:30pmCHI Memorial StadumChattanooga Red WolvesBirmingham Legion FC
5June 74:30pmDunnavant Valley Fields – Field FourBirmingham Legion FCSouth Georgia Tormenta
6June 106:00pmDunnavant Valley Fields – Field FourBirmingham Legion FCSouthern Soccer Academy
7June 126:00pmSoutheastern Freight Line Soccer ComplexSouth Carolina United FCBirmingham Legion FC
8June 176:00pmDunnavant Valley Fields – Field FourBirmingham Legion FCChattanooga Red Wolves FC
9June 213:00pmDunnavant Valley Fields – Field FourBirmingham Legion FCSouth Carolina United FC
10June 244:30pmDunnavant Valley Fields – Field FourBirmingham Legion FCNorth Alabama SC
11June 276:00pmDunnavant Valley Fields – Field FourBirmingham Legion FCTennessee SC
12July 24:30pmMerrimack Sports ComplexNorth Alabama SCBirmingham Legion FC

What to Expect

USL W League is a tough league and has moved MANY players on to NWSL and Europe. That said, this squad looks incredible. The college experience on this team, and high level experience, speaks for itself. What does the Wins and Losses look like? Tough to say, but this team will be competitive. There’s no question about that. So make sure you’re there and loud at The Valley.

One response to “Birmingham Legion WFC Roster Announced: A Brief Breakdown”

  1. […] part be names unfamiliar to most of you. Kaylor Hodges over at Hammering Down has a very useful breakdown on the team, which has most of the AHSAA high school first and second teams on the roster as well […]

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