Peachtree City MOBA

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Full name MOBA Soccer Academy
Founded 2013; 5 years ago (2013)
Stadium MOBA Soccer Stadium
Capacity 1,000
Owner Volker Harms
Manager Omar Jarun
League USL League Two
2018 6th, Deep South Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website

Peachtree City MOBA is an American soccer team based in Peachtree City, Georgia, United States. Founded as a soccer academy in 2013, the team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

History[edit]

The MOBA Soccer Academy, owned by Volker Harms, was awarded a franchise in the Premier Development League on 15 January 2016. The team’s new academy complex features an indoor training facility, with locker rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms, and a weight-training room. The complex also has two FIFA regulation fields, with seating for up to 1,000 fans.[1]

On 20 January 2016, it was announced that former Atlanta Silverbacks player Jordan Davis would be named head coach of Peachtree City MOBA.[2] The team's inaugural match took place on 14 May 2016, a 2-1 loss to Mississippi Brilla. The first ever goal in club history was scored by Alex Rotoloni.[3] MOBA earned their first win in the second game of the year against Tri-Cities Otters FC, with a final score of 2-1. Both goals were scored by Omar Jarun.[4]

MOBA got its first ever home win on 22 June 2016 in a 2-1 dramatic victory also against Tri-Cities with an 86th-minute goal by Omar Jarun and a late stoppage time goal by Jessey Hein.[5] Peachtree City finished their inaugural season with 3 wins, 9 losses, and 2 draws, 6th in the South Atlantic Division. At the 2016 PDL Winter Summit, Peachtree City MOBA received the 2016 PDL Golden Scarf in the category of Best Static Ad.[6]

Following the 2016 season, head coach Jordan Davis departed the team and owner Volker Harms took over head coaching duties.[7] The 2017 season marked the first season that Peachtree City MOBA called MOBA Soccer Stadium their official home, as the stadium was completed in March 2017. The 2017 PDL season went very poorly for Peachtree City. Beginning the year with a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Nashville SC U23, MOBA started 0-6-1, including a five-match losing streak. MOBA did not get their first win until 21 June, when Michael Brezovsky scored the winner in the 84th minute on the road against Nashville. That kicked off a string of success for MOBA where they went 1-1-1 in their next three, but MOBA would fall in their final three matches to close the year, twice to South Georgia Tormenta FC 6-3 and 2-0, respectively, and once to SC United Bantams 4-0 in the season finale, finishing 2-10-2 and 11th on the South Atlantic Division table.

Prior to tryouts for the 2018 season, on 21 November 2017, MOBA announced a full restructuring of the coaching staff: Omar Jarun had been promoted to manager, former Jamaican International and Puerto Rico Islanders forward Nicholas Addlery had been hired as an assistant, and former Atlanta Silverbacks goalkeeper Felipe Quintero had been hired as the goalkeepers coach.[8] The league also announced in early 2018 that Peachtree City, along with select other South Atlantic Division clubs, would become founding members of the new Deep South Division in the Southern Conference.[9]

Stadium[edit]

Starr's Mill Stadium[edit]

Peachtree City MOBA's original plan was to begin play at the MOBA Soccer Academy's MOBA Soccer Stadium, the 1,000 seat stadium on Highway 74. However, it was announced on 11 March 2016 on the club's Facebook page that, due to a rain delay, the stadium would not be finished in time, and 2016 games would have to be moved to the football stadium at Starr's Mill High School until further notice.[10]

MOBA Soccer Stadium[edit]

Peachtree City MOBA announced in March 2017 that construction on the new MOBA Soccer Stadium had been completed.[11] The 1,000 seat stadium features a FIFA regulation artificial turf field with fan seating running down the north-west sideline and a large scoreboard on the south-east sideline. The team played their first regular season match at the new stadium on 20 May 2017, a 2-0 loss to Mississippi Brilla FC.

Rivalries[edit]

Tormenta FC[edit]

The 2016 PDL Season marked the inaugural season for both Peachtree City MOBA and Tormenta FC, the PDL team based out of Statesboro. The Premier Development League's Director of Operations, Todd Eason, stated "[W]e believe the league's second new addition in Georgia this offseason will quickly create a rivalry between Peachtree City MOBA and Tormenta FC."[12] The hope for a rivalry, dubbed the Georgia PDL Clasico by MOBA live-stream commentator Sam Ellis, seemed to be coming to fruition when the two teams faced off for the first time on 3 June 2016. 21 fouls were committed, including 5 yellow cards, in a match that MOBA ultimately won 1-0 off of an Iain Smith goal in the 67th minute. Later that season, the two met again in Peachtree City in a match that ended in a 3-3 tie, including two goals by MOBA's Todd Fidler in his first ever start. Tormenta got their first win in the series on 3 July 2017, as Jad Arslan recorded a hat-trick to propel Tormenta to a 6-3 victory on the road.[13] Tormenta FC leads the all-time series 2-2-1.

Staff[edit]

Germany Volker Harms - Owner
State of Palestine Omar Jarun - Manager
Jamaica Nicholas Addlery - Assistant
Mexico Felipe Quintero - Goalkeepers Coach
Germany Jutta Harms - Director of Public Relations
United States Jeff Malasek - Operations Manager
United States Kathy Phalen - Marketing Manager & Sponsorship
United States Tom Deaver - Executive Director

Seasons[edit]

Season League Conference Division Regular Season Post Season Results U.S. Open Cup League Awards Manager
Finish Wins Draws Losses Points
2016[14] PDL Eastern South Atlantic 6th 3 2 9 11 DNQ DNQ 2016 PDL Golden Scarf - Best Static Ad Jordan Davis
2017[15] PDL Eastern South Atlantic 11th 2 2 10 8 DNQ DNQ None Volker Harms/Omar Jarun
2018[16] PDL Southern Deep South 6th 4 4 6 16 DNQ DNQ None Omar Jarun

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PDL Awards Franchise to Peachtree City, GA". Premier Development League (PDL). January 15, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Peachtree City MOBA Announces Coach". MOBA Soccer Academy. January 20, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Peachtree City MOBA at Mississippi Brilla FC - 2016 Regular Season". www.uslpdl.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  4. ^ @USLPDL (18 May 2016). "FINAL: @Ottersoccer 1, @MOBASacademy..." (Tweet). Retrieved August 5, 2016 – via Twitter. 
  5. ^ "Peachtree City MOBA outlasts Tri-Cities in a thriller - Fayette News". 2016-06-23. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  6. ^ USL PDL [@USLPDL] (7 December 2016). "Best Static Display Ad is given to @MOBASacademy! 👊 #Path2Pro" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  7. ^ "Staff". MOBA Soccer Academy. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "MOBA Soccer Academy Announces 2018 PDL Team Peachtree City MOBA Coaches". MOBA Soccer Academy. November 21, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "PDL Reveals 2018 Schedule, Conference Alignments". www.uslpdl.com. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  10. ^ "MOBA Soccer Academy". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  11. ^ "MOBA Soccer Academy". m.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  12. ^ "Peachtree City awarded Georgia's second PDL Franchise". Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  13. ^ "Match Recap: Arslan Records Hat-Trick, Tempers Flare as Tormenta Defeat MOBA for First Time in the Clasico". Retrieved 2017-07-03. 
  14. ^ "Peachtree City MOBA 2016". www.uslpdl.com. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  15. ^ "Peachtree City MOBA 2017". www.uslpdl.com. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  16. ^ "Peachtree City MOBA 2018". www.uslpdl.com. Retrieved 2018-04-08.