Statesboro-based South Georgia Tormenta FC is expected to announce the formation of a new women’s football team at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, slated to begin the game in 2022.
The public is invited to attend the press conference on Tuesday at 1:25 pm at the clubhouse, 2704 Old Register Road.
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Tormenta officials who were not available to comment on Monday will be providing details on the team’s league, coaching staff, players and more on Tuesday and in the run-up to the opening season. The press conference will be broadcast live on the club’s YouTube page.
The women’s team will play their games on the Optim Health System Field in Tormenta FC’s soccer-specific facility in Statesboro, which is currently under construction. The new stadium will also serve the club’s professional USL League One men’s team, the men’s USL League Two team, the MLS NEXT and USL Academy boys and girls teams, and the men’s and women’s soccer teams from Georgia Southern University.
In its 11-year history, Tormenta FC Academy has produced a range of female talent from South Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry. They have played for top colleges in the area and now have the option to return to their local club.
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Up-and-coming star Abi Brighton, for example, plays for Vanderbilt University and was recently called up to virtual meetings for the US U20 women’s national team.
Tormenta’s new roster will bolster a Coastal Empire’s women’s football scene that includes the Savannah Spirit in its second year of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. In its 23rd season, the WPSL is the largest amateur women’s soccer league in the country, with over 130 clubs in the US and Canada. Teams play May through July, and the squads typically include current and former college and high school players, as well as international players.
South Georgia Tormenta FC was founded in 2015 and became one of the best teams in USL League Two before joining USL League One as a founding member and debuting in March 2019.
South Georgia Tormenta FC called offensive talent Rodney Michael into their USL League One professional squad on Monday pending approval from the league and association. Michael, who is from Freetown, Sierra Leone, dominated Tormenta FC 2 this summer, proving to the coaching staff that he is ready to play professionally.
With five goals in five games, Michael Tormenta FC 2 was named Player of the Month for May and helped the team climb to the top of the Deep South Division rankings. In his short time at the club, Michael received the award for goal of the week in the second division and a place 10 in the first division two-top perspective list.
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Michael spent three seasons at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he scored 23 goals and 15 assists in 58 starts. In 2019, Michael helped UCSB advance to the NCAA quarter-finals. The striker was also selected by Top Drawer Soccer in the first round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.
Tormenta FC will travel to Florida on Wednesday to face Toronto FC II for the first time since 2019 before the Canadian team will be back home on Sunday, June 13 at Erk Russell Park on the Georgia Southern campus.
Tormenta’s USL Academy League team opens its first season on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. against East Atlanta FC at the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association in Conyers.
Tormenta is in the Southeast Division with Birmingham Legion FC, East Atlanta FC, Peachtree City MOBA, South Carolina United and Southern Soccer Academy.
The Statesboro roster includes the Savannahians Grant Hampton, Stephen O’Hearn, and Brittain and Shafer Gottlieb.
Nathan Dominitz is the sports content editor for Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com. Send him an email at email@example.com. Twitter: @NathanDominitz