Johnson City, Tenn. (Feb. 2, 2015) – The Tri-Cities Otters FC announced the official 2016 schedule Tuesday afternoon. The upcoming schedule features 14 games in the Eastern Conference and the South Atlantic Division.
The Otters will play seven games at home and seven games away and will open their inaugural season playing against the Tormenta FC, who is also an expansion team for the PDL (Premier Development League). The match is set for May 13 at 7 p.m. at Kermit-Tipton Stadium.
“We are excited to be a part of this division, which hosts a national champion, so we will have strong competition,” said head coach David Strickland. “Our opening match will be so exciting for the team and the community. We have much to do before the first kick of the ball and moving into the playoffs!”
After opening the season, the Otters will play the next four of five games at home. Tri-Cities will feature their first mid-week matchup against another expansion team in the PDL, the Peachtree City MOBA. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. on May 17 at Kermit-Tipton.
Tri-Cities will square off against five straight opponents with experience in the PDL: South Carolina United, Carolina Dynamo, West Virginia Chaos, Charlotte Eagles, and Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors. The Otters first road trip will be against the Dynamo on May 28 at 7 p.m. Carolina plays out of Macpherson Stadium at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C.
The Otters and South Carolina United Bantams will finish their home and away series on June 14 in Columbia, S.C. Tri-Cities FC starts the second half of the season by facing the King’s Warriors on the road on June 18.
The second half of the season for the team will feature five of the seven games on the road. The only two home games will be on June 25 and July 9 against the Dynamo and the King’s Warriors, respectively. The Warriors will be the final home game of the 2016 season for the Otters.
Tri-Cities FC will conclude the inaugural season on the road against the Eagles in Charlotte, N.C. at Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park on July 16.
BY: MITCHELL MIGUEL