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STATESBORO, Ga. – South Georgia Tormenta FC will host Fort Lauderdale CF this Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m. ET for its first home match of the 2021 USL League One season. Six months since Tormenta FC’s last regular-season competition, the South Georgia side is ready to enter the proving ground once again in Erk Russell Park.
Tormenta FC looks to start the new season off strong with its first win of the season, and Fort Lauderdale comes off a 0-1 loss at home against New England Revolution II. A goal scored in the 50th minute by New England Revolution II was the only goal of the match, despite numerous close chances by the home side.
“Fort Lauderdale is coming up here to right some wrongs in terms of how they feel from last week, so we’ve got an amazing challenge ahead of us, but we’re not a very easy team to play against ourselves,” TFC Head Coach Ian Cameron said. “I anticipate that we will cause a lot of problems for them as well.”
Key returners for Tormenta FC include midfielder Luca Mayr-Fälten, goalkeeper Pablo Jara and midfielder Marco Micaletto. Jara posted four clean sheets and tallied forty-nine saves for Tormenta FC in 2020 league play. Returners Micaletto and Mayr-Fälten led the Tormenta offense last season with three goals each and will be crucial to the Tormenta FC attack.
On the Fort Lauderdale roster, key returners include Rivaldo Ibarra, Modesto Mendez, Frank Nodarse, Francisco Raggio, Brian Rosales and former TFC2 player Christian Lue Young.
“We have high expectations,” goalkeeper Pablo Jara said. “I think we have a brilliant mix of returning players and young, talented lads and a new coaching staff. We want to convince the community to fall in love with soccer. We dream to be a team that is exciting to watch.
“We dream to be a team that is young, that many people from around the world put their eyes on Statesboro and see that we are doing a good job here from the coaches to the people taking care of the fields, all the way to ownership. We have high expectations in that we want to show the rest of the world how we do things here.”
During the 2020 USL League One season, Tormenta FC and Fort Lauderdale faced off in a home-and-home series. Fort Lauderdale secured the first victory at Tormenta FC’s home field (2-1), but Tormenta FC brought the intensity in the later matchup on the road in Fort Lauderdale (2-1). Looking to break the even record, both teams will suit up this Saturday in the Boro.
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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.
Tormenta FC is committed to ensuring that the COVID-19 vaccine is widely accessible for Statesboro and the surrounding communities. Partnering with Forest Heights Pharmacy in Statesboro, Georgia, the club will host a vaccine clinic at its home opener on April 17 at 7 p.m. ET versus Fort Lauderdale CF from Eagle Field in Erk Russell Park.
Additionally, all fans who show their vaccination card at the ticket gate on game day will receive a Bolt the Ibis vaccine sticker and $5 off a General Admission ticket or VIP ticket.
Due to the CDC and FDA pause of usage on the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, Forest Heights Pharmacy will be administering the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine inside the gates on the north end of the stadium and will schedule a follow up for the second shot. The home opener vaccine clinic is free to the public and open for walk-ups starting when the gates open at 6 p.m. ET. Fans can expect to fill out a form upon arrival and a 15-minute waiting period following the vaccine. For more information on the Moderna Vaccine, visit the CDC.
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 have partnered with WJCL and affiliate MeTV to air the 2021 home opener on April 17 at 7 p.m. ET versus Fort Lauderdale CF, with hopes to broadcast more matches this season.
The home opener will be the first live broadcast of a Tormenta FC match on a linear network channel. Fans and followers in the Statesboro or Savannah market, can watch the match on the following stations:
WJCL (Over the air) - 22.2
Comcast - 230 / 1180
Darien Cable - 123
Pembroke - 4
Northland - 105
DISH - 247
For live updates, highlights and commentary throughout the match, fans can follow Tormenta FC on Twitter or visit the USL League One Match Center.