FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2018
United Soccer Academy expands club footprint to Savannah
United Soccer Academy Mount Pleasant has merged with Tormenta FC Youth of Savannah in a strategic move to create a stronger soccer development program and to offer additional opportunities for the region’s soccer community.
Mount Pleasant, SC – On January 19, 2018, United Soccer Academy Mount Pleasant (USA-MP) and Tormenta FC Youth of Savannah ratified an agreement for the two soccer clubs to consolidate operations. The newly combined club will operate under the United Soccer Academy name with training facilities in both the Charleston and Savannah communities.
The organization’s headquarters will be based out of Mount Pleasant, to best support all staff and coaches, under the shared leadership of Matt Job, the club’s executive director; Jeremy Aven, Tormenta FC Youth’s founder; directors of player development; and the nonprofit’s board of directors. Tormenta will operate as United Soccer Academy Savannah (USA-SAV) under the direction of Aven, who will serve as the club’s technical director for player development.
The merger will allow the 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 spring 2018 season for both locations will continue as planned with no significant changes. Player identification and evaluations for the fall 2018 season will take place in May. Information on any changes to teams and programming for all of players will be released this spring.
“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,” says Bunky Wichmann, the board president. “The result of this collaboration has created an innovative organization that offers tremendous opportunities for players of all ages and skill level.”
“This merger will offer our members and future members the opportunity to train, develop and play at a higher, more impactful level and open up new doors for our players,” explains Job. “We are excited about the new opportunities for training and development at all levels through programming, clinics, weekend sessions and futsal leagues.”
Aven, who previously worked with United Soccer Academy, is currently in Belgium working with Essevee Soccer School, an internationally known training program. Aven is participating in the school’s program for three weeks with plans to bring back the experience to United Soccer Academy’s program.
“By merging, we are going to be able to offer a broader scope of training and competition,” says Aven. “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.”
Consolidation efforts for club operations will begin immediately with a goal to have everything finalized by this fall.
ABOUT UNITED SOCCER ACADEMY
Founded in 1982, United Soccer Academy is a nonprofit, community-based soccer club that helps to develop the individual player to reach his or her highest potential in life through the participation in soccer. United Soccer Academy is an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation and South Carolina Youth Soccer Association. To learn more, visit usamountpleasant.com and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @usamountpleasant.