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Longtime MLS coach Tom Soehn makes history in Alabama

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Oct 15, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution intern coach Tom Soehn watches the game against New York City FC during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Legion FC has named its first ever head coach.

The United Soccer League expansion club, which kicks-off in 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama, has tabbed Tom Soehn, a Major League Soccer journeyman, to serve at the helm.

Soehn coached at D.C. United, first as an assistant then as a head coach, from 2004 to 2009. He won two Supporters Shields, a U.S. Open Cup, and an MLS Cup in the nation’s capital.

In 2010, he was named director of soccer operations for then-expansion team Vancouver Whitecaps. He joined the New England Revolution as an assistant coach in 2014 and stayed there through the end of last season.

Soehn started his coaching career with the Chicago Fire in 2001; he’s spent most of the 2018 season as a scout for the Columbus Crew.

However, it was Soehn’s time with New England that likely gave him a leg up on his candidacy with Legion FC.

Former Revolution coach and player Jay Heaps, who is now the president and general manager of Legion FC, had been seeking Soehn’s assistance for weeks.

“We are excited to announce Tom Soehn as Legion FC’s first head coach,” said Heaps in a statement. “Tommy has won championships as both a player and coach and has proven his ability to develop players while building championship-caliber teams. Just as important, Tommy’s character is of the highest quality, and that will be reflected in the players we have on the field in 2019 and beyond.”

As an MLS player, Soehn won a U.S. Open Cup with the Dallas Burn, now FC Dallas. He won two more Open Cups and an MLS Cup in his three years in Chicago.

Soehn also played in the Major Indoor Soccer League for the Wichita Wings, in the Canadian Soccer League for the Ottawa Intrepid and Hamilton Steelers, in the American Professional Soccer League, where he won two titles, with the Colorado Foxes, the National Professional Soccer League for the Denver Thunder, and the Continental Indoor Soccer League for the Las Vegas Dustdevils.

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