The end of the 2020 season marks a pivotal milestone for South Georgia Tormenta FC - five years completed as a club. Five years of thrilling home matches, title-winning seasons and Twitter-breaking goals. Looking back, there is so much to celebrate, and we plan to highlight these victories and achievements, big and small, over the course of this offseason as we prepare for 2021.
In this Q&A, former Tormenta FC defender Leland Archer looks back on his 2017 season with the club and his jump to the USL Championship. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, the defender played 1260 minutes in 14 matches for Tormenta FC, recording one assist. Archer now plays for the Charleston Battery and has made 46 appearances since 2018.
Playing with Tormenta FC in USL League Two helped my development that summer of 2017. I was playing with a lot of talented guys from different colleges, and it definitely took me out of my comfort zone helping me progress to the USL championship level.
At the time, Coach Ben Freakley wanted to bring me in for the summer of 2016, but I had made a prior commitment back home. After a couple of chats with him about the ownership and what Tormenta was really about, I promised that I would be there the next year.
My favorite memory from that year would probably have to be an off-the-field moment when we went out to do go-karting at The Clubhouse. That was good fun.
Playing the Myrtle Beach Mutiny was always a tough match, so it stuck with me when we defeated them.
One of the reasons I chose Tormenta was because the club instantly gave me a family vibe all the way from the ownership straight to the players.
I can't believe it's 5 years already! Feels like I played with Tormenta FC not too long ago.