STATESBORO, Ga. – Tormenta FC 2 unveiled its initial roster decisions today for the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Tormenta FC 2 will meet fellow USL League Two team The Villages SC on Wednesday, March 25, from The Villages Soccer Complex in Summerfield, Florida, at 4 p.m. ET.
Ian Cameron will take on his second season as Tormenta FC 2’s Head Coach, while also serving as an assistant coach for the USL League One side. Last year, Cameron led the team to the USL League Two Semifinals, the longest playoff run in club history.
“It's always a privilege to compete in the Open Cup as participation celebrates the achievements of the prior year’s group,” Cameron said. “Last season, we honored coach Miglarese’s 2018 group by winning our opening game against a USL League One team, then running a current MLS team really close in the Second Round.”
Several familiar faces are making their return to Statesboro for the summer. Craig McCall, Curtis Thorn and Jarvian Wigfall were a part of the successful 2019 Tormenta FC 2 team. The Open Cup roster also features numerous Tormenta FC Academy standouts. In addition to Tristan DeLoach, Grant Hampton and Stephen O’Hearn, who signed professional academy contracts with the first team, the League Two side will welcome Kendall Anderson, Alan Leyva, Jesus Morales Videla and Brandon Nugara.
“This season, we will not have the luxury of using our summer group to compete, as they are all still in college due to the reformatted calendar,” Cameron said. “So we will be represented by a mixture of Academy players and USL League One trialists. We have chosen guys we know will embody Tormenta's values, and we're excited to see this group compete.”
Should the team win the first-round match against The Villages SC, TFC 2 will travel to Al Lang Stadium to face off against the USL Championship’s Tampa Bay Rowdies on April 7.
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TORMENTA FC 2 OPEN CUP ROSTER (15):
Goalkeepers (1): Stephen O’Hearn
Defenders (4): Kendall Anderson, Brandon Nugara, Sergi Nus, Curtis Thorn
Midfielders (8): Tristan DeLoach, Sergio Gonzalez Ruiz, Tomas Greco, Grant Hampton, Alan Levya, Craig McCall, Jesus Morales Videla, Rocky Santos Guerra
Forwards (2): Pedro Veiga, Jarvian Wigfall
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