STATESBORO, Ga. - After a promising end to South Georgia Tormenta FC’s match versus Greenville Triumph SC last Friday with a late goal from Jad Arslan, the club looks to defeat Union Omaha at Erk Russell Park and break the new club's undefeated streak.
“We’re excited to play a new team that we haven’t seen before,” TFC Head Coach John Miglarese said. “Omaha is off to a great start, so I think they're going to come here and definitely expect and compete to get three points. I think we have to manage their mobility, their strength, their aggression, and we need to try to control the game as much as possible. It's important for us to try to control territory, control possession, and try to dominate the game as much as we can to keep the cards in our hands instead of theirs.”
Tormenta FC fans will see some new faces in action tomorrow as newly signed defender Curtis Thorn is set to debut, who was critical to Tormenta FC 2’s success in 2019. The club also recently added to its attack with forward Tunde Akinlosotu, who captained the George Mason University men’s soccer team and notched 13 goals and 12 assists during his time there. Additionally, the club announced today the signing of goalkeeper Paul Lewis on loan from the Charleston Battery in the USL Championship.
“Obviously we have to respect that they're still undefeated and give them that credit when it's due,” defender Curtis Thorn said. “But we’re going into the game with the confidence that we think that we can beat any team in this league when we’re playing our best, so we're going into this optimistic as usual.”
A strong team defensively, Union Omaha is tied for least goals conceded in USL League One with just five. Tormenta FC is second in the league for shots with 106, while Omaha follows closely behind with 102 shots. Tormenta FC’s offense will have to finish its chances and cut through Omaha’s strong back line if they want all three points tomorrow night.
The return of Joshua Phelps should make a big difference for Tormenta FC’s defense against Omaha. Phelps will be back on the pitch after his one-match suspension from receiving a red card against Orlando City B on Aug. 28.
Notably, Friday’s match will be a big benchmark for several of Tormenta FC’s returners. If they play tomorrow, it will be Jad Arslan’s 70th all-time regular season appearance for the club and Mikie Rowe’s 60th all-time regular season appearance. Tomorrow also marks Pablo Jara’s 50th regular season appearance in goal for Tormenta FC.
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.
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.
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.
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Union Omaha is tied for least goals conceded in USL League One with 5, while Tormenta FC is second for shots with 106. Omaha follows closely with 102 shots.
Friday’s match will mark Jad Arslan’s 70th appearance for Tormenta FC, Mikie Rowe’s 60th appearance, and Pablo Jara’s 50th match in-goal (If all make an appearance tomorrow).
Tormenta FC and Union Omaha have both scored 9 goals this season.
Both Marco Micaletto and Jordan Skelton are sitting on four yellow cards this season. Five yellow cards is an automatic one-game suspension.