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Tormenta FC player Nil Vinyals to move up to USL DIII with the Franchise

Tormenta FC signs veteran midfielder Nil Vinyals to its USL Division III team. Vinyals spent two seasons on Tormenta FC’s PDL team and, pending league and federation approval, will return to the franchise as it rises to the professional ranks in Spring 2019. 

During his 2018 PDL season with Tormenta FC, the Barcelona native was an integral part of the team’s undefeated regular season and first Deep South Division Championship title.

"Nil is one of the best midfielders I have ever coached,” said USL DIII Head Coach John Miglarese.”

“He was very good for us in 2017, but in 2018 he brought his game to an even higher level,” Miglarese said. “He has the mentality, the work ethic, and the hunger to make it in the USL. He is very deserving of this opportunity."

At 5’ 11” and 155 pounds, Vinyals spent his soccer career playing for clubs like FC Barcelona Futsal and Junior FC, but also played at the university level at Union University in Jacksonville, Tennessee, and Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

While at Union University, he made the All-Gulf Conference First-Team in 2014. In 2015, Vinyals helped the Winthrop Eagles to a conference championship win in the Big South Conference. 

Vinyals graduated from Winthrop University in 2018 with a degree in Sports Management.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to play professionally with Tormenta FC and keep growing both personally and professionally,” said Vinyals.

“I would like to thank the coaching staff, Darin, and Netra (Van Tassell), for believing in me and supporting me during these past two years,” Vinyals said. “Finally, I would also like to thank my family and friends back home, as well as, everyone that has helped me throughout these four years living in the United States.”

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For additional information and scheduling interviews, call (478-508-2604) or email: bodonnell@tormentafc.com.

South Georgia Tormenta FC is a professional soccer franchise in Statesboro, Georgia that was founded in 2015. The club established itself as one of the premier amateur teams across the United States before joining USL Division III as the founding member of the league. The club has filed plans to construct a new state-of-the-art 5,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Statesboro. Planned to be built next to The Clubhouse on Old Register Road, the new venue would provide an exciting and authentic professional soccer experience for fans and players.

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Tormenta FC Signs Founding Player Jad Arslan to USL Division III Team

Tormenta FC is pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Jad Arslan to its USL Division III team. After three years with Tormenta FC’s premier development team, Jad Arslan will join the franchise as it moves to the next level in 2019, pending league and federation approval.

He served as captain for the 2018 PDL season where he played an essential role in the team’s undefeated regular season and its first Deep South Division Championship title.

“Signing Jad Arslan was a priority for our club,” said Coach Miglarese, vice president of Player Development.

“After three superb PDL seasons with us, he has more than earned a chance to be a professional player with Tormenta FC,” Miglarese said. “His versatility, energy, and ability to change games will surely help us in our first season. I'm delighted to have him with us as we move into USL D3.”

Arslan is from Roswell, Georgia where he grew up playing for Georgia United youth soccer. He graduated from West Virginia University in December 2017 with a degree in General Business. Arslan played for the WVA Men’s Soccer Division I team, placing in top five for the Mid-American Conference and ranking in the top 100 in the nation. He also made the MAC All-First Team his junior and senior years.

During Arslan’s three years in the PDL, he made three appearances on PDL Team of the Week and placed 33rd on the PDL’s Top 50 Players list.

“I am thrilled and extremely blessed to have signed with such a professional organization like Tormenta FC,” Arslan said. “We’ve come a long way since our inaugural PDL season in 2016, and it’s an amazing feeling to be a part of something so monumental in U.S. Soccer like the introduction of USL D3. Tormenta feels like home and can’t wait to see what the future has in store."

For additional information and scheduling interviews, call (478-508-2604) or email: bodonnell@tormentafc.com.

South Georgia Tormenta FC is a professional soccer franchise in Statesboro, Georgia that was founded in 2015. The club established itself as one of the premier amateur teams across the United States before joining USL Division III as the founding member of the league. The club has filed plans to construct a new state-of-the-art 5,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Statesboro. Planned to be built next to The Clubhouse on Old Register Road, the new venue would provide an exciting and authentic professional soccer experience for fans and players.

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TFC Appoints Ian Cameron as PDL Team Head Coach

As South Georgia Tormenta FC prepares to enter its first season in the USL Division III, the franchise is growing to include new faces on and off the field. One of these new faces is Ian Cameron, Men’s Soccer Head Coach at Eckerd College, who has been named Head Coach for the Tormenta FC PDL team.

Cameron, a native of Glasgow, Scotland has coached for three years at Eckerd and will continue to coach there when not with Tormenta. Cameron brought many victories to the Eckerd men’s team and is ready to continue that success with Tormenta FC.

Vice President of Player Development and USL DIII Head Coach John Miglarese said "In searching for our next PDL coach we wanted to secure someone who is highly competent, motivated, and ambitious. Ian Cameron is just that. I am looking forward to working with him and watching him take our PDL team to new heights."

Before Eckerd College, Cameron was Assistant Coach for the NCAA Division I Mercer University Men’s Soccer team for three years. His coaching and recruitment led the team to win Mercer’s first Southern Conference Championship. During his time at Mercer, Cameron also worked with the Macon Soccer Club.

Cameron studied finance and economics at Mercer University while also playing for Mercer’s soccer team from 2007-2010 as a midfielder. Coach Cameron received several NSCAA All-Region and Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors and continues to hold records for points, goals, and assists in the soccer program’s top 10 rankings.

Cameron holds two master’s degrees in Quantitative Finance and Business Administration from Mercer University and the University of Glasgow.

 

"I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to join the Tormenta family,” Cameron said. “Tormenta’s PDL team has gone from strength-to-strength under the stewardship of John Miglarese and Ben Freakley. It will be a privilege for me to carry that baton forward as we look to cultivate some of the best young talent in the country for future professional success on and off the field. Darin and Netra Van Tassell have built a club, where their values shine through in every aspect of the organization. Their enthusiasm for Tormenta is infectious, and I can’t wait to get started."

After winning the PDL Deep South Division Championship in 2018, the team now will join the USL Division III as the first founding member of this league, making Tormenta FC the first professional sport to come to Statesboro. Tormenta FC will continue its PDL team in addition to its USL Division III team.

 

For additional information and scheduling interviews, please call: 478-508-2604. Or email: bodonnell@tormentafc.com.
 

 

Tormenta FC Announces Joshua Phelps as First Player Signing for USL Division III

Tormenta FC kicks off player signings for its USL Division III season with defender Joshua Phelps, pending league and U.S. Soccer Federation approval. Not only is Phelps the first player to sign with Tormenta FC professionally, but he’s the first player in history to sign in the newly-formed USL Division III.

At 6 feet 4 inches and 195 pounds, Joshua has played for Tormenta’s PDL team since 2017, serving as Team Captain both years. In 2018, he led the team to an undefeated regular season and the franchise’s first Deep South Division Championship title.

"We are excited to have Josh return for his third season at Tormenta FC and for his first season in professional soccer,” said Tormenta FC Majority Owner and President Darin Van Tassell. “Josh is an all-around terrific player and leader who has impacted not only the franchise but the Statesboro community as well. We could not ask for a better inaugural signee for Tormenta FC or for the USL Division III.”

Phelps is a native of Queensland, Australia, where he was the captain and MVP of his high school soccer team at Siena Catholic College. He traveled to the United States to attend Thomas College in Maine, where he played for the men’s soccer team two years. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Phelps helped his team win two conference championships and was named to the all-conference and all-tournament teams. Phelps transferred to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to study sports management and served as the men’s soccer team captain and a student coach assistant in 2016.

“I am stoked to sign again with Tormenta FC,” Joshua Phelps said. “I couldn’t think of a better club or organization to be a part of. They are the gold standard from top to bottom. When USL Division III was first coming to light, I was excited to see how the league would prosper too, and I never imagined that I would be a part of its history.”

 

After its inaugural PDL season in 2015, Tormenta FC became one of the premier amateur teams in the United States, winning PDL’s New Franchise of the Year in 2016 and finishing as a runner-up for PDL’s Franchise of the Year in 2017. The team will now play professionally in the USL Division III as the first founding member of this league.


For additional information and scheduling interviews, please call (478-508-2604) or email: bodonnell@tormentafc.com. Please see attached photos.

Tormenta FC Names Inaugural Coaches for USL Division III Team

Tormenta FC has named veteran coach John Miglarese as Vice President of Player Development and its inaugural Head Coach for the 2019 USL Division III season. Jorge Gonzalez and John Kot will be assistant coaches alongside Miglarese. All three coaches served with Tormenta on the PDL team.

Head Coach Miglarese will oversee all on-field matters, including training, in-game management and the membership requirements for the PDL and USL. Coach Miglarese received his Sports Management degree from Georgia Southern University and has over seven years of PDL coaching experience, along with coaching at the collegiate level. Miglarese has received numerous awards over the years, including two Conference Coach of the Year honors, one Regional Coach of the Year award and one National Coach of the Year nomination.

“The coaches are going to approach things as we always have in the PDL,” said Coach Miglarese, “and I think the key is to not lose the identity we’ve had for the past three years with the jump up to a professional league - to maintain that culture of who we are and how we play. We’re really excited.”

USL Division III assistant Jorge Gonzalez is returning for his third year as a Tormenta FC coach. Gonzalez graduated from Bryan College with a degree in business administration with a minor in communications before going onto to Reinhardt University for his MBA.

Gonzalez began his coaching career at Reinhardt University, where he served as an assistant coach for four seasons, along with coaching for the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors before coming to Tormenta FC. As a Tormenta FC USL Division III coach, he will work side by side with Miglarese during training, game preparation, scouting and recruitment. Coach Gonzalez also founded and runs the Tormenta FC Sunday League soccer program.

“My first two years with Tormenta FC have been nothing short of amazing,” Coach Gonzalez said. “The best thing about this franchise is the drive each member has to grow as a professional. Tormenta FC has created a platform for my own growth as a coach and, most importantly, a man.”

Kot will be moving up to USL Division III along with Miglarese and Gonzalez. Kot attended Virginia Tech for a degree in biology while also playing for the men’s soccer team. After graduation in 2014, Kot worked as an assistant coach at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia, leading the team to three straight GHSA state appearances. Coach Kot runs the youth side of Tormenta FC with the United Soccer Academy. He also is the goalkeeping coach for Tormenta FC and for the youth academy.

After three seasons in the PDL, Tormenta FC now enters the USL Division III as the first founding member. Tormenta FC has became one of the premier amateur teams in the United States, winning several PDL awards. The franchise plans to build a soccer-specific stadium in Statesboro, Georgia, to provide an authentic professional soccer experience for fans and players alike.

 

For additional information and scheduling interviews, please call (478-508-2604) or email: bodonnell@tormentafc.com.

 

Tormenta FC Names Mike Panter as Vice President of Soccer Operations

Mike Panter has officially been named Vice President of Soccer Operations for South Georgia Tormenta FC ahead of the inaugural USL Division III campaign after serving as the Director of Operations & Compliance for the Premier Development League – the top pre-professional league in North America – in 2018.

Panter will manage all aspects of the Tormenta FC front office and oversee all business operations for the club, including ticketing, sponsorships, team travel, media and communications.

“Mike has done an exceptional job increasing standards year over year in the PDL, while raising the operational efficiency and competition level,” Tormenta FC Majority Owner and President Darin Van Tassell said. “His work ethic and desire make him the perfect fit for this position as we prepare for 2019 and beyond.”

Panter joined the PDL in 2014, working first as an intern before being hired as an Assistant Director for the PDL following the conclusion of the league’s season in August. He served in that capacity until he was elevated to his role as Director of Operations & Compliance in October 2017.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Saint Leo University, where he played for the Lions’ men’s soccer program for four years and was selected as a captain by his teammates during his senior season in 2013.

“I’m thrilled to join South Georgia Tormenta FC and look forward to working with Darin and Netra Van Tassell as the club prepares to kick off play in USL Division III in 2019,” Panter said. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with club since its inception in 2015, and I’m eager to build on what the club has accomplished to date.”

Founded in 2015 and based in Statesboro, Georgia, South Georgia Tormenta FC is the first founding member of USL Division III. The club established itself as one of the premier amateur teams across the United States before joining USL Division III, earning the PDL’s New Franchise of the Year award in 2016 and finishing as a runner-up for the PDL’s Franchise of the Year award in 2017.

The club has filed plans to construct a new state-of-the-art 5,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Statesboro, with the intention of attracting other sporting events and possibly serving as a home venue for Georgia Southern University Men’s and Women’s Soccer. Planned to be built next to The Clubhouse on Old Register Road, the new venue would provide an exciting and authentic professional soccer experience for fans and players.

 

About USL Division III
USL Division III is shaping the future of the game in the United States, uniting passionate fans in new markets with the thrill of a proven professional soccer experience. USL Division III named 10 founding members set to compete in the inaugural 2019 season in its sanctioning application to the U.S. Soccer Federation on Aug. 14, including the previously-announced South Georgia Tormenta FC, FC Tucson, Greenville Triumph SC, a Madison-based team, Chattanooga Pro Soccer, Toronto FC II. The remaining teams will be announced in the coming weeks and months, as well as the league’s official competition structure and brand.


Tormenta FC warm up before Peachtree City MOBA, Photo Credit to Hannah Hornsby

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