South Georgia Tormenta FC v Myrtle Beach Mutiny

My soccer travels took me to down to Statesboro, GA, about a 3.5 hour trip southeast of Atlanta to watch South Georgia Tormenta FC.

The club was founded in 2015 and finished 5th in the South Atlantic Division during their inaugural season in the PDL in 2016. This year their competition includes teams from all over the Southeast:

  • Carolina Dynamo         
  • North Carolina FC U23
  • Nashville SC U23           
  • Tobacco Road FC                      
  • Myrtle Beach Mutiny  
  • Tri-Cities FC    
  • South Georgia Tormenta FC     
  • SC United Bantams      
  • Peachtree City MOBA
  • Charlotte Eagles            
  • Wilmington Hammerheads FC

Tormenta FC were named “Best New Franchise of the Year” after the 2016 campaign and this year have entered into a partnership with Charleston Battery. A recent friendly saw them draw with the USL team 1-1 down in Savannah.

Larry and I rolled a couple of hours before the match and met up with Terminus Legion Southeast Georgia Chapter Head Brian Diefenbach. He showed us the city before driving around the campus of Georgia Southern University, where Tormenta FC play. Even an hour before the game there was a decent crowd with a small group of tailgaters, kids playing Foot Golf and Foot Billiards, and fans checking out the merch and concessions inside.

The team plays at Erk Russell Park and has found a nice facility. There’s plenty of parking and seating with bleachers around three sides of the stadium, and the pitch was in really good condition despite heavy rains several hours previous. The club set up a VIP area on the player bench side with that side of the pitch having a forested background.

Myrtle Beach Mutiny took the field in an all red strip and was on the front foot early. The hosts, wearing their all black uniform, were lucky to absorb the early pressure and eventually found their footing. However a mistake in the back by Tormenta keeper allowed the visitors to open the scoring through their very talented #7. However Tormenta fought back and had several good looks at goal before halftime.

Eventually the equalizer came in the second half off a thundering header from a corner kick. Chances came thick and fast as the game opened up, with the game having a physical edge to it and the referee not having his best outing. The hosts nearly stole all three points when a half chance fell to a Tormenta attacker inside the box but his shot crashed against the crossbar and away from danger. The match finished 1-1 and several decent players were on show. The announced crowd 1200+ fans enjoyed a pleasant evening, with most braving the rain which started during halftime and lasted about 15 minutes.

Pic courtesy of Brian Diefenbach

Find out more about South Georgia Tormenta FC here.


Read more about my ground hops here.

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