11 League One clubs kick off 2024 preseason | Image Credit: Atlanta United FC
The 2024 USL League One preseason officially kicked off on Feb. 4 with Northern Colorado claiming victory in the first of nearly 70 friendly matches. Regional rivalries, high-stakes matchups and familiar faces in new places highlight the preseason slate ahead of League One's sixth season which kicks off on March 9.
WINDSOR, Colo. - Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC took home a 4-1 win over a squad from the Pro Soccer Consulting Combine in the club's first preseason match of 2024 on Sunday.
"The most important thing today was getting 45 minutes each under our belts and coming out of it unscathed, injury-free," Hailstorm Head Coach Éamon Zayed said.
PSC XI got on the board first with a ball over the top which was put past Hailstorm goalkeeper Russell Shealy in the 25th minute, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. It took the Hailstorm just eight minutes to respond when Lucky Opara's cross found a trialist, who scored the equalizer to make it 1-1 at halftime.
After making eight halftime substitutions, it did not take long for the Hailstorm to grab the lead after the break. Forward Jake Keegan was pulled down in the penalty area in the 48th minute and Marky Hernández converted from the spot to give Hailstorm a 2-1 lead.
The Hailstorm lead was extended in the 54th minute when midfielder Danny Robles scored direct from a free kick to make it 3-1 and Keegan capped the scoring by getting on the end of a cross at the back post in the 75th minute.
STATESBORO, Ga. —South Georgia Tormenta FC opened its 2024 USL League One preseason campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Mercer University's men's soccer team on Saturday afternoon at Tormenta Stadium.
Several players made their debut for South Georgia Tormenta FC Friday night. As Ian Cameron's first team squad began to build chemistry for the 2024 campaign, it was also an opportunity for seven trialists to compete. The two sides played a defensively tight match outside of a penalty that the Bears scored in the fourteenth minute.
The first period saw returners Preston Kilwien and Nick Akoto joined by goalkeeper Ford Parker, Callum Stretch and a trialist. The midfield trio included returning midfielder Pedro Fonseca, joined by newcomers Daniel Steedman and Tavio D'Almeida. Jackson Khoury started on the wing for South Georgia, with Niall Watson on the opposite side. Tormenta FC returnee Gabriel Rodriguez led the line for the first period and half of the second 25-minute period.
At the 39-minute mark, Drew Romig, Collin Mocyunas and Joshua Ramos joined the South Georgia defense. During the same substitution break, Argentinian striker Sebastian Vivas made his first appearance for the club, coming on for Rodriguez while a trialist came on for Niall Watson.
Tormenta FC's best chance of the night came with the final kick of the second period when Pedro Fonseca's shot skipped over the crossbar, going out for a goal kick.
The final group of substitutions for Tormenta FC came at the beginning of the last 25-minute period. Austin Wehner substituted for Khoury, and five trialists also made an appearance for South Georgia, ending the nights of Stretch, Kilwien, Steedman, D'Almeida and Fonseca.