STATESBORO, Ga. – After battling 2018 Major League Soccer champion Atlanta United FC on March 13, South Georgia Tormenta FC has added a second MLS squad to its 2021 preseason lineup. Tormenta FC will face CF Montréal in a closed-door friendly on April 8 in Orlando, Florida.
"We wanted to fill the last weekend of our preseason schedule with a strong opposition in preparation for our home opener against a quality Fort Lauderdale team,” TFC Head Coach Ian Cameron said. “What better way than to play a second MLS franchise after Atlanta United. CF Montréal has played some great soccer over the last few years, and we're excited to experience that level of play again and face the challenges head-on with our young group."
In 2015, CF Montréal became the first Canadian club to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League Final, also winning the Canadian Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2019. CF Montréal heads into its 10th season in Major League Soccer and competes in the Eastern Conference.
Tormenta FC had a successful preseason showing versus Atlanta United on March 13, battling hard and keeping the match 0-0 until late into the second half, when Atlanta scored three to win the first meeting between the two sides.
"What I really liked about our group versus Atlanta is that there was a calmness about them,” TFC Head Coach Ian Cameron said. “They went into the game calm and things from training transpired on the field in a good way."
Notably, three Tormenta FC Academy players, Grant Hampton, Tyler Bisseck and Brittain Gottlieb, saw over 20 minutes on the pitch against the MLS pros.
"They went on because they've been training here with the boys every day, and they merited it,” Cameron said. “They showed that in their performance, and it was noted by the Atlanta United staff."
The club’s preseason lineup also includes matches against the USL Championship’s Tampa Bay Rowdies and Charlotte Independence.
Tormenta FC will open its third professional season on Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m. ET, against Fort Lauderdale CF at Erk Russell Park. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET, and the club is excited to safely host a limited capacity crowd in Erk Russell Park. Tormenta FC asks all fans to wear masks until the vaccine becomes more widely available. Due to limited capacity, Tormenta FC urges all fans to purchase their tickets, including season tickets, half-season plan or quarter-season plan, in advance.
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