Lakeland, FL – The Tropics front office announced today that they have officially joined the Major Arena Soccer League for the team’s inaugural season. The MASL now consists of teams throughout North America, covering all four corners of the US, as well as teams in Mexico.
The Tropics will join the league as a new expansion team, along with former league members Baltimore Blast, St. Louis Ambush, and the newly rebranded Harrisburg Heat. Baltimore will return as the defending MASL Ron Newman Cup champions after defeating Soles De Sonora in last season’s exciting championship series, which had over 10,000 fans in attendance.
“This is an exciting time for the Tropics and our community. By joining the MASL, we now play teams throughout North America and compete in the top professional arena soccer league in the world. This raises the bar in terms of competition, and certainly makes it more important to bring home a trophy at the end of the season. I have no doubt in my mind that with our coaching staff and players in place, we will be competitive right from the start. We look forward to bringing together this community to rally behind the team, and make the Lakeland Center one of the toughest places to play for away teams in the league,” said Tropics CEO Andrew Haines.
The 2016-17 MASL season will begin in late October, with each team’s 20-game season spanning to early March. A division alignment and schedule is being finalized and will be announced shortly after Labor Day Weekend.
“After an offseason of dialogue regarding how to push arena soccer forward, all parties have found it in their respective best interest, and that of arena soccer as a whole, to maintain one unified league,” said MASL commissioner Joshua Schaub. “We look forward kicking off this upcoming Fall as a true international league.”
For more information about the Tropics’ new league, visit MASLSoccer.com, or follow the league’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MASLsoccer.
About Florida Tropics SC: Florida Tropics SC is a professional indoor soccer team that will begin play in November of 2016 at the Lakeland Center. The team will play at the highest level of professional indoor soccer in North America. To stay up to date on team information, player signings and special offers, “Like” the teams Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/FLTropics). For more information visit http://www.FLTropics.com. To purchase tickets, call 863-333-5353, or visit Store.FLTropics.com