#9 | Striker | Cal Baptist University
Hailing from the Netherlands, Bryan Iliohan attends California Baptist University where he led the Western Athletic Conference with 13 goals in Fall 2021 and earned a place on the All-WAC First Team.
After scoring five goals in two consecutive matches, the Dutch striker earned a spot on the Men’s National Team of the Week for both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News in Sept. 2021. Iliohan has also gained experience in the Netherlands with amateur team FC Lisse, playing 13 matches and scoring two goals.
#25 | Striker | University of Mobile
Alejo Binaghi trialed with the club’s USL League One team in the 2022 preseason, making an appearance in the team’s 1-0 victory against Atlanta United 2.
The 2021 NAIA Player of the Year started 21 of 22 matches for the University of Mobile that season, scoring 24 goals and adding six assists. Nationally, Binaghi was ranked second in total goals scored. The forward was named the Southern States Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, the SSAC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, and the SSAC Men’s Soccer Golden Boot winner for most goals scored during the season.
Binaghi also led the Rams to its fifth appearance in the NAIA Championship, where they fell to Keiser University 2-0.
#11 | Left Winger | University of Charleston
After a breakout season in 2021, fan-favorite Alexis Ledoux will play a crucial role in Tormenta FC 2’s aspiring title run under TFC 2 Head Coach Tom Morris. The young talent broke through in 2021 with Tormenta FC 2, scoring five goals and recording two assists in 13 matches played. Ledoux played a crucial part in TFC 2’s 10-3-1 winning season, helping the team to its third USL League Two Playoffs run. Ledoux’s impressive performances earned him a spot on the 2021 USL League Two Southern Conference Team of the Year.
When not playing for TFC 2, Ledoux develops his education and athletic career at the University of Charleston (West Virginia). During his sophomore season with the Golden Eagles, Ledoux recorded eight goals, five assists and 43 shots and started in all but two of his 24 games played.
#4 | Center Midfielder | Tulsa University
Henry Sach comes off a title-winning season at Tulsa University where he scored a penalty to help his squad clinch the All-American Conference championship. In 2021, Sach was named the American Athletic Midfielder of the Year, as well as two-time AAC Defensive Player of the Week. In 18 starts for the Golden Hurricanes last season, the midfielder scored 2 goals and assisted three times.
Prior to Tulsa, the Spaniard started in 39 games for Richland Community College and led the team to back-to-back national championships in 2018 and 2019 with a 35-2-1 overall record.
#8 | Center Midfielder / Central Attacking Midfielder | California Baptist University
Brian Gonzalez brings experience and leadership to Tormenta FC 2 as a staple of the California Baptist University Men’s Soccer program and community. In 2021, Gonzalez wrote his name in the CBU record books by becoming the eighth player in program history to record three assists in one single match. With five goals in 18 games, Gonzalez was CBU’s 3rd highest goal-scorer and also ranked third in assists.
Gonzalez also brings USL League Two experience with him to Statesboro, having played for the Southern California Seahorses and Orange County SC U23 in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
#7 | Left Wing / Right Back | Campbell University
A 2021 USL League Two Top Prospect, James joins the squad under Head Coach Tom Morris as he aspires for a fourth USL League Two title run. James plays collegiately for Campbell University and is coming off an award-winning season where he earned spots on the All-Big South Conference First Team and the All-South Region Second Team. In 2021, the midfielder started in eight games and scored four goals, helping the Fighting Camels reach the first round of the NCAA Tournament against No. 27 Virginia Tech. The midfielder also brings USL League Two experience with him to Statesboro after competing with the Mississippi Brilla in 2021, playing 13 games and scoring six goals.
#13 | Center Midfielder | Furman University
Conor Dowler joins the South Georgia pipeline from Furman University where he had a breakthrough season in 2021, doubling his playtime and playing a crucial part in the Furman program’s success. Dowler played a total of 17 games, starting in six and helping produce a goal and an assist for the Paladines.
A product of the Greenville Triumph SC youth academy, Dowler previously signed an Academy contract with the USL League One side. Dowler also played for Carolina Elite Soccer Academy’s ECNL team throughout his high school career.
#15 | Central Defensive Midfielder | Campbell University
Tiago Lopes, 22, has spent two seasons with the University of Tennessee Southern where he played 31 games during his time with the Firehawks. In 2021, Lopes started in all 19 matches, recording five goals and five assists. Earlier this year, Lopes announced his decision to transfer to Campbell University where he will start to build chemistry with Tormenta FC 2 teammate Jalen James.
#N/A | Right Wing | Lindsey Wilson College
Mutaya Mwape brings professional experience with him to Tormenta FC 2, having played for both the Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship and the Richmond Kickers in USL League One with an overall three goals scored and five assists recorded. Collegiately, Mwape played two years at Lindsey Wilson College between 2016 and 2017 and tallied 25 goals and 19 assists in 34 appearances.
#18 | Central Defensive Midfielder | Mercer University
Hampton competes for Mercer University after attending Islands High School. He was a member of Tormenta FC Academy for over ten years. Hampton made four appearances for Tormenta FC 2 in 2019, eight appearances for the USL League Two side in 2021 and played minutes in a preseason friendly against 2018 Major League Soccer champion Atlanta United FC on March 13 for the USL League One team.
#19 | Center Midfielder / Center Attacking Midfielder | Clemson University
In 2019, midfielder Tristan DeLoach became the first Academy player to sign with the club’s USL League One team and has made four regular-season appearances since. He holds the club record for the youngest player to make a League One appearance at 16 years, 11 months and 23 days. He also appeared in one game for the club’s USL League Two team in 2021.
#24 | Center Attacking Midfielder | UNC Greensboro
J.C. Ngando, the 2022 SoCon Freshman of the Year, joins Tormenta FC 2 after helping UNC Greensboro win the Southern Conference regular-season championship. As a freshman, Ngando hit the ground running, helping UNCG pull one of the biggest upsets in program history against formerly-ranked number two Clemson. Ngando scored the first goal in the 3-1 victory over the eventual NCAA National Champions. In 2021, Ngando featured in 15 matches, starting four and was ranked 13th nationally in assists per game and 32nd in total assists. Ngando ranked second in goals for the Greensboro side.
#16 | Center Midfielder / Central Defensive Midfielder | Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
A native of Australia, Sam Layton has spent three years with the Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville men’s soccer program where he has fought for his spot as one of the starters for Head Coach Cale Wassermann. In 2021, Layton appeared in 15 games for the Cougars, playing a combined total of 1140 minutes. That same year, Layton helped USL League Two side Kalamazoo FC reach the playoffs.
#23 | Right Back | Keiser University
A 2021 NAIA National Champion, Akoto joins the squad under Head Coach Tom Morris as he aspires for a fourth USL League Two title run. Akoto is part of the Keiser University men’s soccer team where he played 1092 minutes and tallied five assists in 2021 to help the program win its first NAIA National Championship. The English midfielder transferred to Keiser from Tennessee Wesleyan University where he spent two seasons, scoring five goals and eight assists. Akoto also brings USL League Two experience from the Ocean City Nor’easters.
Mohammed “Mo” Seidu
#5 | Center Back | Marshall University
Mohammed Seidu helped Marshall University bring home the College Spring League Championship in his freshman year of college, accompanying the team’s NCAA National Tournament trophy. Seidu logged 510 minutes in one season for the Thundering Herd, playing 10 matches and starting in four as a freshman. The rising defender also recorded three shots on goal from the backline.
Seidu also gained League Two experience in the summer of 2021, appearing in seven matches with Black Rock FC in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
#21 | Center Back / Right Back | Xavier University
Dominik Kurija kicked off his collegiate career with Tyler Junior College from 2019 to 2021 before joining Xavier University for the 2022 season. In 2021, Kurija started in 17 out of his 20 matches and recorded one assist from the backline.
#20 | Center Back | Wingate University
Owen Marshall, a 6-foot-1 defender, hails from Wingate University where he started in all eight of his appearances this season. Marshall recorded two goals and two assists on the season, leading the Bulldogs’ defense to 0.55 goals against average and five shutouts. In 2019, the defender played a team-high of 1,832 minutes, recording one goal and three assists and earning 11 shutouts. Both years, Marshall was named to the First Team All-SAC and the All-SAC Tourney Team for his performances.
#3 | Center Back / Left Back | University of South Florida
Salvatore Mazzaferro, a Toronto FC Academy product, currently attends the University of South Florida and has played a significant part in the Bulls’ defensive unit since 2019 In 2021, Mazzaferro started all 15 of South Florida’s fixtures, leading the team in most minutes played with 1380. Mazzaferro was also voted into the AAC All-Conference Second Team.
Since 2019, Mazzaferro has helped form one of the stingiest defenses in the nation. With 40 games played since joining the program, Mazzaferro has consolidated himself into a core element of the defense.
#2 | Left Back / Right Back | University of Michigan
Carter Payne hails from the Big Ten Conference, one of the top collegiate conferences in the United States, where he brings two seasons of playing experience at the University of Michigan. Payne held down the Michigan backline for 18 matches in 2019 and 2020. The defender also spent the 2021 USL League Two season with PDX FC where he played in seven matches and 585 minutes for the Oregon-based club. While on the pitch, Payne helped the PDX defense record one clean sheet and aided the team to a second-place standing in the Northwest Division.
#12 | Center Back | University of Stanford
Ryan Ludwick brings experience and leadership to Tormenta FC 2 as a member of the Stanford University Men’s Soccer program and community. Ludwick helped Stanford obtain the 2018 and 2020 Pacific-12 Championships, recording a total of one goal and three assists between the two years. In 2020-21, Ludwick was part of a defense that led the Pacific-12 Conference and was second nationally in shutouts (8) and 13th in goals-against-average (0.629).
#N/A | Right Back / Center Back | Tormenta FC Academy
In the 2021 season, Brittain Gottlieb appeared in five USL League One games, playing 32 total minutes. Gottlieb contributed to the team’s defense by winning 4-out-of-4 aerial duels and recording one block. Gottlieb also played six games for Tormenta FC’s League Two team during the 2021 season. He appeared in one USL League Two Playoffs game, recording one assist. Prior to his professional soccer career, Gottlieb graduated from Islands High School in Savannah, Georgia.
#1 | Goalkeeper | High Point University
A starter for High Point University the past two seasons, Trent hopes to transition his good form to Tormenta FC 2 this summer under Head Coach Tom Morris. The 6-foot-2 goalkeeper spent the 2021 USL League Two season with the Des Moines Menace, who was crowned league champions after defeating North Carolina Fusion FC U23 in the final. Trent also played an important role in helping the Panthers win its first Big South Championship in 2020, advancing to the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they faced 2019 NCAA Men’s Soccer Champions Georgetown University.
#0 | Goalkeeper | Pacific University
A safe and secure goalkeeper, Cotton comes to the club after an impressive season starting in net for the University of the Pacific. Cotton attends the University of the Pacific where he has cemented himself as the starting goalkeeper for two seasons and is looking for an NCAA tournament run with the Pacific Tigers in 2022. Cotton brings previous USL League Two experience from Oakland County FC in 2021 where he played in seven games and registered 20 saves in 450 minutes. Starting in 2015, the keeper also competed in three seasons for the Portland Timbers’ U.S. Soccer Development Academy team.
#30 | Goalkeeper | Georgia State University
O’Hearn is a 19-year-old goalkeeper, who competes for Georgia State University and formerly attended Savannah Arts Academy. The goalkeeper was with Tormenta FC Academy for over ten years and has exceptional technical ability. O’Hearn’s footwork and confidence on the ball gives his teammates the ability to use him as an option during the flow of the game.