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Match Preview: Tormenta FC at Richmond Kickers

By Tormenta FC Staff - news@tormentafc.com, 10/16/20, 11:45AM EDT

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Club looks to build momentum going into its 2021 campaign


Richmond Kickers // Jessica Hendricks

STATESBORO, Ga. - With just three matches left in the 2020 season, South Georgia Tormenta FC looks for three wins to build momentum going into its 2021 campaign. The club travels to play the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 17.

“We fully intend to go and win the game and make a good show of ourselves,” TFC Head Coach Ian Cameron said. “We have a lot to prove to ourselves.”

Tormenta FC has been scoreless for its past two matches versus Union Omaha and FC Tucson despite recording a total of 26 shots and looks to break through tomorrow night versus the Kickers.

“They've got to get over that hurdle of finding a way to win the game and doing the things that are most effective to win a match, and we’re just off on that right now,” Cameron said.

Captain Lars Eckenrode is back on the roster after his injury over three months ago and is expected to make an appearance, bolstering Tormenta FC’s back line tomorrow night.

Richmond will be at its best on Saturday as the team continues to fight for a shot at the USL League One final. Tormenta FC’s defense will have to be mindful of forward Emiliano Terzaghi, who currently leads the Golden Boot Race with ten goals.

As the 2020 season winds down, club coaches and staff will be looking for standout performances in these last three matches to help determine the building blocks of Tormenta FC’s 2021 squad.

“We need to put the pressure on them a bit to see how they react in such a situation,” Cameron said. “Can they go on the road and win? And who are the guys next year, when we hopefully get to the playoffs, that can handle those pressure games where it's a must-win? So that's the kind of psychology we’re going in with, and we can see who steps up to it.”

HOW TO WATCH/FOLLOW

We highly encourage all fans to support the team from your chosen safe environment. 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.

MATCH FACTS

  • Tormenta FC travels to face Richmond for a second time after meeting them early in the season on July 28 in Erk Russell Park. The two sides battled to a scoreless draw.

  • The Richmond Kickers are tied with Union Omaha for 2nd place in the League One standings and look to secure a playoff spot versus Greenville Triumph.

  • Richmond’s Emiliano Terzaghi currently leads the Golden Boot Race with ten goals.

  • Marco Micaletto is 2nd in USL League One for chances created with 30.

  • Tormenta FC has recorded 57 shots on target this season versus Richmond Kickers 54. 

PREVIEW FROM THE COACH & PLAYERS:

TFC HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST MATCH:

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