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Match Preview: Tormenta FC vs. Orlando City B

By Bernadette O'Donnell - bodonnell@tormentafc.com, 07/31/20, 11:45AM EDT

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Club looks for first regular season victory at home

STATESBORO, Ga. - Coming off of two strong performances with just two points to show for them, South Georgia Tormenta FC is itching to get a winning result this Saturday as they take on Orlando City B at 8 p.m. ET in Erk Russell Park.

"We were dissatisfied with Tuesday’s result, but we can all see that we're trending in the right direction with a limited roster," TFC Head Coach John Miglarese said. "Now, we get to hopefully add some more guys into the mix on Saturday to give us some more fresh legs. I like our chances on Saturday."

Despite the scoring gridlock on Tuesday, Tormenta FC’s offense outshot the Richmond Kickers eighteen to eight. The club’s ability to take shots combined with Marco Micaletto and Lucas Coutinho leading the league in chances created makes for a promising match against Orlando. Tormenta looks to take its rising momentum into Saturday to secure its first win of the season.

"We felt like we could've gotten our three points on Tuesday, but the focus now is completely on Orlando," midfielder Lucas Coutinho said. "I'm sure we're going to get our three points that we've been knocking at the door for. I'm sure the door’s going to open, and it's going to be fun. We haven't reached our ceiling yet as a group."

Last season, Tormenta FC had a winning record of 2-0-1 against Orlando City B with goals from returners Lars Eckenrode, Marco Micaletto and Mikie Rowe. Saturday will be the world's first look at Orlando City B’s 2020 team as they make their season debut at Erk Russell Park.

HOW TO WATCH/FOLLOW

While we will be hosting a limited number of fans at Erk Russell Park to start the season, we highly encourage all fans to support the team from your chosen safe environment.

If you are unable to attend, fans can watch every game of the 2020 League One season from the comfort of your own home via ESPN+ domestically and YouTube internationally. For fans that do not have access to the ESPN family of networks, we teamed up with a number of Watch Party Partners across South Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where you can cheer on Tormenta FC.

For live updates, highlights and commentary throughout the match, fans can follow Tormenta FC on Twitter or visit the USL League One Match Center.

TICKET INFORMATION

Fans wanting to attend the match in person should purchase tickets in advance to secure their seats as capacity will be limited due to government regulations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. While a limited number of student tickets are expected to be made available for walk-up purchase, walk-up tickets are not guaranteed for the 2020 season.

GAME DAY GUIDELINES

South Georgia Tormenta FC is excited for competitive action following the approval of USL League One's framework for returning to play in 2020, and the club and its fans should use the following protocols as we prepare to offer soccer activities.

By purchasing your ticket to any Tormenta FC game, you acknowledge the guidelines that are set forth by the club and the State of Georgia. If you choose not to follow these rules, Tormenta FC is not to be held responsible for any personal illness or injury. Please follow the link to view the complete guidelines for match day.

MATCH FACTS

  • In April 2019, Lars Eckenrode scored his first pro goal vs. OCB in stoppage time, securing a point for Tormenta.

  • Marco Micaletto scored a brace against OCB in a 4-1 win on July 24. Lucas Coutinho notched an assist that match as well.

  • Mikie Rowe scored the game-winner and his first pro goal, bicycle kick style, in a 2-0 win against OCB on June 15.

  • Marco Micaletto and Lucas Coutinho lead USL League One in chances created with 8 and 6.

  • Micaletto is also tied for second in the league in shots with 6, while Jordan Skelton is tied for second in passes with 119.

PREVIEW FROM THE COACH & PLAYERS:

TFC Highlights from last match:

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