STATESBORO, Ga. – The new South Georgia Tormenta FC unveiled its program at the Bishop Fieldhouse on the campus of Georgia Southern University last month.
“The growing soccer community of South Georgia continues to make huge strides in almost every facet of the sport, and the addition of a new PDL team will continue that growth exponentially at the next level,” said Jeremy Aven, Team Owner and General Partner. “The youth and adults in the area that are passionate about the sport seem to be eager to embrace a minor-league atmosphere. Tormenta FC will fill that void in this market. Our community loves soccer, and we now hope they will grow to love Tormenta FC as their team.”
The Premier Development League (commonly known as the PDL) is a development league sponsored by United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada, forming part of theUnited States soccer league system. It is currently considered the top-level men's amateur soccer competition in the United States, although it has no official designation as such fromUS Soccer. The league has 65 teams competing in four conferences, split into ten regional divisions.
The Tormenta team name was selected after more than 2,500 fans suggested almost 200 different names in a month-long name-the-team contest. Tormenta FC is the Spanish name for storm, representing the tormenting the club will bring to its opponents and the intense force of nature its players seek to embody.
The centerpiece of the logo is the glossy ibis, a local bird known for its bravery. The ibis is the last to take cover in a storm and the first to return after a storm has passed. The ibis is leading a storm and looming over all things soccer in South Georgia.
Midnight Navy, Sky Blue, Silver and Magenta make up the new club's official colors, paying tribute to the storm in the sky, storm in the ocean and passion for soccer in the community.
Tormenta will conduct player tryouts beginning in January. In May , Tormenta will compete in a 14-game regular season, with the chance to advancing to league playoffs. The seven home games will be played in Georgia Southern's Football Stadium and according to news reports, the team may host foreign clubs for exhibition matches.
Merchandise featuring Tormenta FC's new look is available now at The Clubhouse in Statesboro and online at www.TormentaFC.com.