League One Fun – Episode 86: Tormenta Helps Omaha (and North Texas)

Tormenta’s Win vs. Kickers Opens Finals Spot Wide Open

South Georgia Tormenta’s 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers had major playoff implications. Richmond still hold their own destiny but their margin for error is now razor thin. Union Omaha had an impressive win against Greenville, but North Texas SC’s draw away at New England reduced their chances to near zero.

Episode 85 from earlier this week with an interview with Tyler Polak and a replay of an earlier interview with Daryl Grove the of Total Soccer Show.

It’s the final countdown

With Richmond unable to take care of business, it all comes down to the final week to see who will be playing in Greenville for the USL League One Championship!

Chattanooga looked like they would stay in the hunt after taking a 1-0 lead at home against Forward Madison, but a lackluster 2nd half allowed Forward to draw and end Chattanooga’s playoffs hope. Speaking of lackluster, the Richmond Kickers also could have placed themselves a foot into the championship game, but also put up a disappointing performance at home, falling 0-1 to South Georgia Tormenta. They now must win their last 2 to reach the promise land, can they do it?

One team hoping they can’t, is Union Omaha, who did something no other team did, beat the Greenville Triumph in Greenville. Showcasing why we call this league bangers only, this week’s most meaningful game was also the most exciting, showing why Omaha potentially could bring home a championship their inaugural year.

Tucson, North Texas, and New England Revs II continue to play well, and Ira and Jason discuss the final week, potential upsets, and the latest USL news and drama.


What is League One Fun?

Ira is @irajersey, Jason is @homesweetsoccer, and the show is @league1fun. The Black Players Alliance of the USL can be found here.

League One Fun is the Beautiful Game Network podcast that covers the entirety of USL League One, including the final to be held October 30th. Jason and Ira discuss the third tier and lowest tier of professional soccer. The two conduct player, coach and front office interviews as well as review matches and league news. Independent franchises include Greenville Triumph, South Georgia Tormenta, Richmond Kickers, Chattanooga Red Wolves, Forward Madison and Union Omaha (Owls). The league also includes USL Championship Phoenix Rising’s second team FC Tucson. There are now five MLS “2” sides. These include Fort Lauderdale CF (InterMiami), New England Revolution II, Toronto FC II, North Texas SC (FC Dallas), and Orlando City B.

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twitter: @irajersey Soccer fanatic and nerd with many hobbies, Ira is a New York Red Bull supporter who loves lower division soccer. He is a youth coach with several USSF and United Soccer Coaches licenses; and also a competitive youth referee. He writes and podcasts on USL League One for BGN. Ira has worked in finance for more than two decades focusing on bond markets and is currently the Chief U.S. Interest Rate Strategist at Bloomberg Intelligence, Bloomberg LP's research arm.