We are pleased to announce an affiliation with Tormenta FC a current member of the Premier Development League and a founding member of the USL's newest professional soccer division. Our Executive Director Matt Job explains "This affiliation offers our current and future players the opportunity to train, develop and perform at a higher level along with opening up new doors for them in the collegiate and professional ranks." Our new connection with the Torementa FC franchise that has teams at the USL and PDL level will allow youth players a direct path to grow at every level.
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Tormenta FC – a current member of the Premier Development League and a founding member of the USL’s newest professional soccer division – is pleased to announce an affiliation with the United Soccer Academy (USA) and its 1500 youth soccer players. This affiliation formalizes the recent merger of USA and Tormenta FC Youth Academy that took place earlier this year. The youth operation of USA will continue to be based out of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, with additional training facilities located in the Georgia cites of Savannah and Statesboro and the South Carolina communities of Hilton Head and Charleston and Hardeeville. The youth club will operate as USA-Tormenta FC at the competitive levels of youth soccer, but it will continue to be called USA-Mount Pleasant in the Charleston area. All youth players in all locations will play under the Tormenta FC crest.
To best support all staff and coaches, all decisions at the youth level will be under the shared leadership of Matt Job, the club’s executive director; Jeremy Aven, Technical Director for Player Development; and the nonprofit’s board of directors for USA-Tormenta FC. All operations and management decisions at the Premier Development League and USL professional level will continue to under the leadership of the current ownership group of Tormenta FC, with headquarters in Statesboro, GA.
The affiliation will allow the youth club to serve a larger geographic area and provide soccer training and development to more youth across South Carolina and Georgia. This collaboration will create an organization with a unique system to develop players from the earliest grassroots ages to the most competitive players in the country. The opportunity to provide a path to professional soccer via South Georgia Tormenta FC at the PDL – and Tormenta FC’s pro soccer franchise in the USL – immediately creates one of the most unique soccer organizations in the United States.
“For years, United Soccer Academy and Tormenta FC have occupied dominant positions for youth soccer training in their respective regions while operating with similar philosophies,” said Bunky Wichmann, the board president. “The result of this new affiliation to include both Tormenta FC’s PDL and USL franchise as a connection now offers tremendous opportunities for our youth players of all ages and skill level.”
“This affiliation offers our current and future players the opportunity to train, develop and perform at a higher, more impactful level and open up new doors for them in the collegiate and professional ranks,” explains Job. “We are excited about the new opportunities for training and development at all levels through programming, clinics, weekend sessions and futsal leagues. And, of course, the fan base for Tormenta FC just grew tremendously as well.”
Aven, who previously worked with United Soccer Academy before moving to Savannah, notes that with this affiliation, “we are going to be able to offer a broader scope of training and competition. As area youth enter our grassroots programming and develop through our system, more players will have opportunities to prepare for national-level competitions. Our players will be more prepared for elite and collegiate showcase events, elite league play and professional player careers.”
“Today marks an important day in our history,” said Tormenta FC President Darin Van Tassell. This integration will be one of few outside the MLS. A connection with the Tormenta FC franchise that has teams at the USL and PDL levels will allow youth players a direct path to grow at every age and level. Storm SA has already established itself as a regional contender in youth soccer circles, and with this change it will offer even more opportunities to its players and families. Great things await.”