Bruno Lapa Signs New Multi-Year Deal with Legion FC
BIRMINGHAM, AL - Birmingham Legion FC announced today that midfielder Bruno Lapa has signed a new multi-year contract with the club, pending league and federation approval.
"As we begin to focus on the 2021 season, Bruno was someone we were really focused on bringing back," said Legion FC President and General Manager Jay Heaps. "He has proven to be a dynamic attacking player in this league, he fits in well in our locker room, and we think he still has potential to get even better."
Lapa, 23, had a standout rookie season in Birmingham this year, starting all 17 matches for Birmingham en route to earning a spot on the USL Championship All-League First Team and being voted Team MVP. Including Legion FC's playoff match, the midfielder led the team in chances created (35) and in shots (26), tie for the team lead in assists (5), and finish second in goals (8).
He finished the regular season ranked sixth in the Championship in chances created, and was one of only two players in the Championship in 2020 to tally at least eight goals and five assists - the other being reigning league MVP, Solomon Asante of Phoenix Rising FC.
Lapa shined in big moments this season, as he scored a goal in his first ever playoff match, and in his first four matches against rival club Memphis 901 FC, BHM's maestro managed to bag at least one goal all four times, including two goals and an assist in his first pro game, against Tim Howard, and on ESPN2. For his efforts, Lapa was named USL Championship Player of the Week after Legion FC's first weekend of the Return to Play.
"I'm extremely excited to be staying in Birmingham," said Lapa. "This year was a special year for me, as it was the first year of my career, the club gave me an opportunity, and I was extremely excited to be a part of the club. The city, the fans, the coaches, everybody took me in and helped me in my transition to this level, and I am extremely grateful for that."
"We were able to accomplish great things, some special things this year, but as a club we know that we can do even bigger things. I believe in the club and I believe in the project, and I think next year can be a special year. We're hungry for it - we're going to continue to work and continue to get better to bring a championship back to Birmingham because that's the ultimate goal for all of us. So, I'm extremely excited to be coming back and I'm looking forward to it already. I miss the city, miss the fans, and can't wait to be back on the field helping Legion FC win games."
For all offseason news and team updates, be sure to follow @bhmlegion on social media and keep an eye on bhmlegion.com and the Legion FC app.
Fans with questions regarding 2021 season tickets can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Legion FC Ticket Office at 205-791-7145.
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