Statesboro now a Minor League city

Johnny Lu

Statesboro is now a Minor League City as the South Georgia Tormenta FC starts their inaugural season May of 2016.

Founded in 2015, Tormenta FC is a soccer association based out of Statesboro, Ga. Madrid football player Borja Perez was announced as the first head coach of the team last December at a press conference in Savannah, Ga.

“It’s an honor having a professional player such as Perez for our coach,” Oscar Gutierrez, forward player, said. “He’s played for teams such as Real Madrid and Santa Maria Pilar.”

Tormenta FC’s team colors are navy, sky blue, silver and magenta.

Come May, the team will play in the Premier Development League (PDL), also known as the fourth tier in the American Soccer Pyramid.

Tryouts for the team have been held since 2015 and the final open tryout will take place on February 27th. Practice, games, and related events will be held at the Eagle Field at the Erk Russell Athletic Park.

“Translated, tormenta is Spanish for storm, and that’s exactly what our team is going to bring: a storm,” Tormenta FC Co-owner Jeremy Aven said.

Team products, season tickets and more information can all be found on