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We haven’t paid much attention to FC Birmingham to date, so it’s about time we did.

For those who don’t know, the Magic City has two soccer teams, the second one being FC Birmingham. Established in 2020 by Doug Walk, the club played its first league season this past fall in the semi-professional Pioneer Premier League, which is a new affiliate of NISA. The club advanced to the fall final, where it lost to AFC615 of Nashville, the PPL’s founding club. FCB also operates an extensive youth academy, which likewise played its first season this past fall. AFC615 and the PPLK, by the way, are owned by former USMNT player Desmond Armstrong, the first African-American to start at a World Cup.

The club also just named a new head coach, Trey Knox, who has been involved in coaching in the Birmingham area for a number of years. He takes over from interim head coach Carlos Mercado, who in turn took over early in the fall when the original head coach, Birmingham-Southern’s Preston Goldfarb, stepped down.

And that’s where we get to the major point of this post. FCB will be holding open tryouts for the first team this weekend at Carver High School (where it also plays its home games). So for those of you who think they have the chops (or have kids who you think have the chops), well, now’s your chance. Here’s the Facebook post:

As you can see, the club’s website is fcbirmingham.com, and the Twitter handle is @fc_bham.

To those of you willing to brave this weekend’s Arctic conditions in search of glory, best of luck!

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