Alabama FC Player Joins Columbus Crew


We are excited to announce Lucas Rizzo has Joined Columbus Crew.

Lucas played up on our 03 Alabama FC ECNL team.

This is what Director of Coaching Ben Parks had to say:

“Birmingham United would like to congratulate Lucas Rizzo and his acceptance to play for the Columbus Crew MLS Youth Academy!

Lucas is a fine young man and a superb soccer player. His combination of technique and knowledge of the game will no doubt aid him in his soccer journey. Birmingham United and Alabama FC will always promote and aid players along their soccer pathway, whether that be professionally or through college. This next step for Lucas is an exciting one and we look forward to watching him grow!!!”


Lucas is very excited about his new chapter but here is what he said about his time at Alabama FC.

“Spending 3 years at Alabama FC was definitely beneficial for me becoming a better soccer player and person. I enjoyed the time I spent at AFC very much and made great memories. I would like to thank the coaches and teammates who helped me at the club, specifically Coach Manny and Coach Matt, for all their support and guidance. Go AFC”


The franchise was founded in 1994 as the Columbus Crew. Crew SC has won five major trophies: MLS Cup 2008, the Supporters’ Shield in 2004, 2008, and 2009, and the 2002 U.S. Open Cup. The Crew has qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League (or its predecessor, the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup) three times, reaching the quarter-finals each time.