President & General Manager, Morgan Copes, and the board have been working on bringing an event at this level to Birmingham for several months.
“Our front office staff has been working tirelessly to bring something special to Birmingham for the fans. We have hosted matches and brought in professional sides in the past, but this will be the first time we are playing in the match. The fact that it is one of the most storied clubs from Liga MX makes it that more special. Coach Wulf Koch and his men are looking forward to the challenge,” said Morgan.
Coach Koch and the players were thrilled about the matchup that will give the team the opportunity to play against a strong international opponent.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Hammers, soccer in the Birmingham Metro area and Alabama soccer in general to have such a quality team come and play us. We are delighted to compete against a great team with outstanding players who will shape Chivas' and the Mexican soccer landscape for many years to come,” said Hammers Head Coach Koch.
Chivas’ official name is Club Deportivo Guadalajara and was founded 110 years ago in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. They have won the first division in Mexico 11 times, have been Champion of Champions 7 times, and won 3 Copa Mexicos.
“We are looking forward to playing the Birmingham Hammers in May,” said Juan Covarrubias Corona, Director of International Relations, CD Guadalajara. “This is a great opportunity to measure our strength against another strong institution, to show some chivalry and sportsmanship, to learn from one another, provide a great soccer match, and an amazing atmosphere for the fans that will have the honor to attend.”
The last time a professional side was in Birmingham was when the Atlanta Silverbacks, formerly of the NASL, traveled to play UAB in their spring finale.
Stay tuned for your chance to meet some of the Chivas players. Tickets will be going on sale Monday, April 17th and will start at $10! You can purchase them, along with your official Birmingham Hammers merchandise and season tickets at Birminghamhammers.com. To interview the Hammers Head Coach or owners, contact Heather Jeffcoat at 205-515-1972 or by emailing email@example.com
BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Birmingham Hammers are pleased to announce the finalized coaching staff for the 2017 season. Head Coach Wulf Koch has added three experienced assistant coaches to the roster
AJ Robles, Goalkeeping Coach - AJ is currently the Director of Goalkeeping for Vestavia Hills Soccer Club. He previously served as a volunteer assistant for the UAB Men’s team and the University of Arizona Women’s team. AJ was born in Tucson, Arizona where he played for the Tucson Soccer Academy before playing collegiately for Pima CC and UAB. While at UAB, AJ earned All-Conference USA honors and compiled 24 wins, 12 shutouts and 218 saves.
Chris Blight, Assistant Coach - Chris is currently the Head Coach for the Varsity Women’s soccer team at Oak Mountain High School and is a part of the coaching staff at Birmingham United Soccer Association. Chris previously served as the Varsity Women’s coach for Auburn High School, where he led the Lady Tigers to a combined record of 69-8-6. Chris also spent 2 years as an Assistant Men’s coach at Auburn University at Montgomery. Chris played collegiately at Huntington College and Auburn University of Montgomery.
Jeremy McLane, Assistant Coach - Jeremy is currently the Director of Coaching for Trussville United Soccer Club. From 2013-2015, he served as Director of Soccer Operations for the UAB Men’s soccer program and was part of the inaugural Hammers squad in 2014. He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and played for Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and John Carroll Catholic High School where he was a 2-time All-State player. He played collegiately for UAB from 2003-2006.
The entire coaching staff is excited to start the 2017 campaign. Please welcome our new coaches to the Hammers family. Tryouts will be held in Birmingham and Montgomery this weekend, Jan. 14th and 15th.