#PlaySouth: MLS Next Generation

Tormenta’s u16 boys achieved a first for the club’s history and now head to texas to compete with the best in the country.

Photography / Karin Condame

Tormenta’s u16 boys achieved a first for the club’s history and now head to Texas to compete with the best in the country. Few people ever get a chance to make history.

They are more than just a group of highly athletic soccer players, they are brothers-in-arms, putting their skills to the test against some of the best in the world. This diverse group of Georgia and South Carolina boys recently made history in the most glorious way. For the first time in franchise history, South Georgia Tormenta FC Academy’s U16 MLS NEXT team qualified for the 2022 MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs this past Sunday, May 22.

“The boys have put in a lot of battling performances and showed great character and commitment in some very tight games,” said Head Coach Jay Peake. “Going to the MLS Cup is their reward for the dedication and work rate they have put in not only this season but over the last couple of years.”

It was a long road to this point for these boys. For many of them, it’s a brotherhood forged over the years in road games and exhibitions around the Southeast and as far away as France, Spain and Italy. Theirs was a winning season that saw them go 9-1-3 and finish second in their division behind Atlanta United. In addition, this group competed in MLS NEXT Flex last week in Boyds, Maryland, emerging victorious against Players Development Academy in a 2-1 win. It was their 5-2 win against Hoover-Vestavia that clinched them the second-place spot, sending them to the playoffs after a June 4 regular season closer against Queen Mutiny.

The 2022 MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs will take place at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas, from June 25 to July 3, 2022. In a single-elimination competition, teams qualify for the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs based on their play in the regular season or by winning their respective group at the inaugural MLS NEXT Flex.

“I believe the boys can be incredibly proud of what they have achieved over the last nine months,” said Peake. “We have worked really hard to have a winning mentality on this team, and I feel that has really been on display during the Spring.”

Committed to raising the level of soccer locally and across the country, Tormenta FC Academy has programs available from age two up to age 19 and is the only youth academy in South Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina with a path to the professional ranks. For more Academy news and content, follow Tormenta FC Academy on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or visit tormentafc.com/academy.

 

“The boys have put in a lot of battling performances and showed great character and commitment in some very tight games. Going to the MLS Cup is their reward for the dedication and work rate they have put in not only this season but over the last couple of years.”    – Jay Peake / Head Coach

“Our Tormenta FC U16 boys have demonstrated all year that they have the necessary commitment, desire and talent to compete amongst the nation’s best teams. We are extremely proud of their accomplishment and look forward to seeing what they do at the MLS Cup in June. It’s a massive achievement for our program and a testament to the efforts here at the Tormenta Academy.” 

– Stefan King, Tormenta FC Academy Director of Coaching

MLS NEXT

More information on the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs, including a schedule of matches, will be shared at a later date. For more information on MLS NEXT, visit mlssoccer.com/mlsnext