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Players and referees enter the field prior to the start of a USL Championship match between host Loudoun United FC and Birmingham Legion FC on Wednesday night at Segra Field in Leesburg.

Photo Courtesy/Loudoun United FC

Kyle Murphy's goal early in the second half helped Loudoun United FC earn a 1-1 draw against Birmingham Legion FC in a USL Championship match Wednesday night at Segra Field in Leesburg.

Playing in front of 1,007 spectators at Segra Field, Loudoun United held an advantage in possession time and shots on goal to earn a point and snap a three-match losing streak.

"I think we controlled the game, dominated the play and created more than enough chances to win," LUFC head coach Ryan Martin said. "Really proud that the guys were able to step up and actually get an equalizer."

"We've talked the past couple of weeks about final action, could we pull it off," Martin continued. "We were able to get one and created enough to really get a win. So again, progress. We just try to keep getting better every day and are happy with where we are now from where we were last game."

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Murphy scored off an assist from Christian Sorto in the 47th minute to pull the hosts even.

"It's good to get a point after the recent form we've been in," Murphy said. "It's little improvements, get a point and hopefully on Saturday we can get three points."

Loudoun United now stands at 5-12-6 in their inaugural season. Birmingham Legion FC (9-10-6) received a first-half goal from J.J. Williams, assisted by Brian Wright.

Local players Collin Verfurth (defender/midfielder) and Calle Brown (goalkeeper) both started for LUFC on Wednesday. Loudoun United forward Orlando Sinclair made his 20th USL appearance.

Loudoun United will host North Carolina FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, aiming to win their first game at Segra Field since the 5,000-seat stadium opened in early August. Ticket information at loudoununitedfc.com.

"We are just trying to put together a full 90 minutes, offensively and defensively," Murphy said. "Take our grasp upon a game and not let go."

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