Tormenta FC

South Georgia Tormenta FC is an American soccer organization based in Statesboro, Georgia, United States. Founded in 2015, the club fields a professional team in USL League One, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, as well as the pre-professional USL League Two. The team colors are Midnight Navy, Sky Blue, Silver and Magenta. The team's crest shows an Ibis.[1][2]

South Georgia Tormenta FC
Full nameSouth Georgia Tormenta Football Club
Founded2015 (2015)
StadiumEagle Field at Erk Russell Athletic Park
Statesboro, Georgia
  • Darin Van Tassell
  • Netra Van Tassell
  • Jeff Spencer
Head CoachJohn Miglarese
LeagueUSL League One
20196th Place
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website


South Georgia Tormenta FC was founded in 2015 making it Statesboro's first pro team in any sport in 60 years, since the Statesboro Pilots of baseball's Georgia State League folded in 1955. Owned by Tormenta FC LLC, the operations of the franchise are steered by Darin Van Tassell and Netra Van Tassell. The word "tormenta" means "storm" in Spanish.[3]


On May 21, 2016, Tormenta FC hosted its inaugural home match against the Carolina Dynamo in front of 3,105 fans. [4]

Tormenta FC won their first match in club history on June 16, 2016 against the Charlotte Eagles in a 2–0 decision.[5] The club then followed up that victory with a second consecutive win on June 18, 2016 by defeating the Carolina Dynamo 1–0.[6] On June 23, 2016, Tormenta FC not only scored their first ever home goal, but the team managed to win their first home match as well; a 1–0 victory over Southern West Virginia King's Warriors.[7]

Tormenta had a five-game win streak snapped in a 2–1 defeat against the King's Warriors on July 2, 2016.


On January 25, 2018, South Georgia Tormenta FC was announced as the first founding member of USL League One for 2019. The team had an undefeated regular season in 2018, clinching the Deep South division championship. Tormenta FC hosted the conference playoffs in Statesboro, Georgia. [8]


Tormenta FC currently plays at Eagle Field at Erk Russell Park on the Georgia Southern University campus. Construction for a 5,300 seater soccer-specific stadium in Statesboro commenced on March 27, 2019, due for a 2021 completion.[9][10]


Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2016–2018 Nike Optim Orthopedics
2019–present Adidas Optim Healthcare



Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2016 4 USL PDL 5th, South Atlantic Did not qualify Did not enter
2017 4 USL PDL 4th, South Atlantic Did not qualify Did not enter
2018 4 USL PDL 1st, Deep South Conference Semifinals 2nd Round
2019 3 USL1 6th Did not qualify 1st Round

Players and staff

Current roster

As of November 26, 2019[11][12]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Pablo Jara  Chile
4 Defender Lars Eckenrode  United States
5 Defender Joshua Phelps  Australia
6 Midfielder Ricardo Gómez  United States
8 Midfielder Nil Vinyals  Spain
9 Forward Mikie Rowe  Ireland
10 Midfielder Marco Micaletto  England
15 Defender Jordan Skelton  England
18 Defender Michael O'Sullivan  England
21 Forward Jad Arslan  United States
22 Midfielder Lucas Coutinho  Brazil
Forward Pato Botello Faz  Mexico
Midfielder Luca Mayr-Fälten  Austria
Midfielder Abuchi Obinwa  United States
  1. ^ USL Academy Contract


As of September 19, 2018[13]
  • John Miglarese – VP of Player Development and Head Coach
  • Jorge Gonzalez – Assistant Coach
  • Mike Panter – VP of Soccer Operations
  • Bryce Judy - Director of Soccer Operations
  • Justin Smith - Assistant Director of Soccer Operations
  • Bernadette O'Donnell – Director of Communications and Public Relations
  • Logan Crosby - Director of Business Development
  • Todd Bergstrom - Director of Sales & Services

Tormenta FC 2


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2019 4 USL2 1st, Deep South National Semifinals 2nd Round


As of September 17, 2018[14]
  • Ian CameronHead Coach
  • Tom Morris - Assistant Coach


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