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Match Preview: Tormenta FC vs. Fort Lauderdale CF

By Bernadette O'Donnell - bodonnell@tormentafc.com, 08/07/20, 12:45PM EDT

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Club looks to get back to winning ways at Erk Russell Park

STATESBORO, Ga. - South Georgia Tormenta FC’s first loss on Wednesday marks one quarter down of the 2020 USL League One season. The club looks to learn from Wednesday and turn those lessons into a home win at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8, versus Fort Lauderdale CF. 

"I give credit to Greenville, I thought they played very well," TFC Head Coach John Miglarese said. "When you look at the stats, the match was very even, and we just got on the unlucky side of it. We have to make our own luck, and we have to learn to win games in situations like that, but I think we're in a good place. We can learn from it and harness that frustration, and then have a good performance tomorrow night."

Fort Lauderdale CF comes into Saturday with fresh legs and two losses in two matches played. Ricky Lopez-Espin scored the club’s historic first goal, and the club's only goal thus far, versus FC Tucson on July 25.

"They're definitely more rested than us," Miglarese said. "They have a young, vibrant team, and this will be their first road trip. It's a talented group of players, and it will be tough to get the ball off of them. So we have to stay compact and stay patient and make sure we take care of the ball when we have it."

Tormenta FC players continue to lead USL League One in chances created, but the team will need to finish its offensive opportunities and score some goals on Saturday to defeat Fort Lauderdale.

"I think we’ve been getting better each game that goes on," TFC midfielder Abuchi Obinwa said. "We're improving and developing our style of play and working on how to get into the final third to get the attack going. Now that some of the players have come back, and we've been working together as a team, I think we’re going to be all ready for tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it."

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

  • Tormenta FC returns to Erk Russell Park for its 4th home match and looks to defeat Fort Lauderdale, who sits 11th in the League One standings.
  • Fort Lauderdale comes into Saturday with two losses in two matches played, as Tormenta FC comes in with a 1-1-2 record.
  • Marco Micaletto, Stefan Mueller and Luca Mayr continue to lead USL League One in chances created with 13, 8 and 6.
  • Micaletto and Mayr also are league leaders in shots, coming in 2nd and 3rd with 12 and 10 shots. 
  • The club will see former Tormenta FC 2 player, Chris Lue Young, who signed with Fort Lauderdale and made his pro debut on July 18.

PREVIEW FROM THE COACH & PLAYERS:

TFC Highlights from last match:

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