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Lakeland, FL – The Tropics have announced the signing of two more players this morning. Victor Parreiras and Ricardo de Queiroz Diegues have joined the Tropics inaugural season roster. Both born and raised in Brazil, Victor and Ricardo bring more professional indoor soccer and futsal experience to the team. Victor and Ricardo also played together at UT-Brownsville and also have experience in the outdoor game playing in the PDL.

Victor Parreiras was born in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has played soccer his whole life, and grew up playing Futsal in Brazil for well-known clubs such as Fluminense FC and Tio Sam Esporte Club. Victor also has outdoor experience playing for Brazilian side Duque de Caxias FC, and PDL sides Sockers FC, Houston Dutch Lions, and the Ocala Stampede. Victor also has professional indoor soccer experience playing with Oxford City and most recently Brownsville Barracudas FC.

Ricardo de Queiroz Diegues was also born in Rio de Janeiro. The 26-year-old striker has quit the impressive goal-scoring resume. Before coming to the US, Ricardo played for Associacao Atletica Portuguesa, a second division Brazilian team based out of Rio. From there Ricardo was recruited to UT-Brownsville in the NAIA. At UTB, Ricardo scored 64 goals and had 20 assits in just 57 games over his 3 years with the school. He was the national tournament MVP and scored 34 and 11 assists in his senior year. In additional to tournament MVP, Ricardo was also crowned NAIA First team All-American, NAIA National Championship All-Tournament team, NAIA National Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player, RRAC Offensive Player of the Year, First team All-Conference, RRAC player of the week, and First team All-Conference tournament, and UTB MVP Athlete throughout his 3 years of play.

After a successful college career, Ricardo signed with MASL side Brownsville Barracudas FC. During his time with Brownsville, Ricardo scored 10 goals and had 5 assists in just 10 games. Ricardo adds depth and another goal scoring threat to the Tropics offense, making the Tropics front line one of the most dangerous in the MASL.

Victor and Ricardo will take the field along with the rest of the Tropics inaugural season roster in November. Don’t miss a minute of the action and purchase your tickets today by calling 863-333-5353 or visiting http://www.FLTropics.com.

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
Player contracts are pending league approval



Lakeland, FL – The Major Arena Soccer League has set the league’s conference and division lineup for the upcoming season as 17 teams will play in two conferences and four divisions for the 2016-17 season as the league looks to strengthen its base for the future. Teams will once again break into Eastern and Western Conferences, with two divisions in each conference.

“We have placed our focus on increasing standards and working with the member organizations to improve their respective market situations,” said MASL Commissioner Joshua Schaub. “This setup will give us a league of great parity, further allow all teams to continue featuring their longstanding rivalries while also growing the MASL’s prominence in North America.”

The Western Conference’s Pacific Division will be the Ontario Fury, San Diego Sockers, Tacoma Stars and Turlock Express. The Southwest Division will include Atletico Baja, Dallas Sidekicks, expansion El Paso Coyotes and defending conference champion Soles de Sonora.

The Eastern Conference will have the lone five-team division, with the Central Division featuring the Cedar Rapids Rampage, Chicago Mustangs, Milwaukee Wave, Kansas City Comets and St. Louis Ambush. The Eastern Division has the defending MASL Ron Newman Cup Champion Baltimore Blast, expansion Florida Tropics, Harrisburg Heat and Syracuse Silver Knights.

“We feel these divisions will keep and grow the established rivalries in our league and establish geographic efficiencies,” Schaub said. “Ontario and Tacoma battled for the final Western playoff spot to the last game last season, and Syracuse nearly derailed the Blast on their road to the Ron Newman Cup last Spring, so it should continue to be another exciting season where the outcome of every game is in doubt.”

With the league’s new focus, four teams have chosen to suspend operations for the 2016-17 season, while still maintaining their MASL membership. Brownsville, Detroit, Las Vegas and Saltillo, will sit out the upcoming season in an effort to improve operations and facilities with an eye towards returning the following season. The Monterrey franchise, which won the league title in 2014-15 before sitting out the 2015-16 season, has been granted a one-year extension on its MASL membership. The Sacramento Surge has ceased operations and its membership will be relocated with a destination to be announced in the near future.

“Although it was a difficult decision for all of these teams to suspend operations, I commend them for taking a year to improve standards in order to take this league to the levels we believe it can reach,” Schaub said. “We will be working with these teams to improve their facility and business operations so that they can come back strong in the Fall of 2017.”

The Major Arena Soccer League season will begin Oct. 29, with the regular season ending in early March. A full schedule and final playoff breakdown will be completed within the next week. For more information about the league, go to the league’s website at MASLSoccer.com. Andrew Haines, Andrew G. Haines


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


Lakeland, FL – Tropics CEO and Owner Andrew Haines announced today that former Rochester Rhinos and USL Executive Chris Economides will be joining the team’s front office and ownership group as Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer. Economides brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to the Tropics front office. He is very well connected to the soccer industry and serves as an important asset for the Tropics organization.

“I am thrilled to have Chris join our organization. Chris was a major influence in my introduction to the professional soccer landscape. He brings so much to the table in terms of his connections and experience running successful franchises. He has witnessed firsthand how soccer has grown in the United States, and been a part of its development by managing clubs like the Rochester Rhinos and Carolina Railhawks, as well as working in the front office of USL. We are here to grow the Tropics organization into a premier and professional soccer club recognized across the globe. Adding Chris to our team and front office will only help in accomplishing this goal. I am excited to see what the future holds for our organization and the impact we can have on our community,” said CEO Andrew Haines.

Chris Economides has a storied history within the USL (United Soccer League, America’s “AAA” league of the professional soccer landscape). Before his most recent position as Senior Strategic Advisor, he was the Senior Director of USL PRO and the USL First Division. Economides also served as the Senior Director of the Major Indoor Soccer League, all of which were a part of the United Soccer Leagues (overseeing company of all USL assets). Prior to joining USL in October 2008, Economides served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Rochester Rhinos before going on to found the Carolina Railhawks, a former USL First Division team.

Prior to founding the Carolina Railhawks, Chris Economides was instrumental in forming the Rochester Raging Rhinos, a team in the same USL-1 division, which has gained national attention on the soccer scene. In his role as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President/General Manager, Economides was responsible for the management of the club. From off-season scouting and signing of players to representing the team in league matters, he kept busy year-round helping to assemble one of professional soccer’s premier organizations.
Economides helped form the Rhinos in the fall of 1995. They founded the team in the then independent A-League and quickly turned the franchise into a juggernaut in the minor league sports industry. The club was a league-leader in attendance from 1996–2004 and was named one of the “Top Five Minor League Sports Franchises” by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal. Their success at the gate was matched by the team’s three league titles (1998, 2000 and 2001) and the 1999 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, where they defeated three MLS teams en route to the historic championship. The Rhinos ownership trio was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in 2005 as builders. Economides was also inducted in the Hall of Fame for the Rochester Rhinos, who still currently play in the USL.

In addition to his soccer duties, Chris also stayed busy during the summer by assuming the same role for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. Prior to his role with the Rhinos, Economides co-owned the Kansas City Attack of the NPSL from 1991-1993. The Attack captured the NPSL championship in 1992-93, finishing a successful season after defeating the Cleveland Crunch 3-2 in the finals in front of 12,000 fans at Kansas City’s Kemper Arena.

“I am excited to be back working on the club side of the game. I look forward to working with Andrew and Leah, and establishing this organization as a premier club. We look forward to having a lot of very exciting announcements in the near future from the Tropics ownership group. I believe I can bring experience and new connections to the organization, and allow us to a have a freer rain in growing our brand and marketing the Tropics. I think this is a great community and market to grow the sport in. I look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the Haines,” Said Economides.

The Tropics will be making some major announcements in the upcoming weeks. Be sure to stay tuned to all media feeds in order to stay up to date with these exciting announcements.
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 or to purchase tickets, call 863-333-5353 or visit http://www.FLTropics.com.


Lakeland, FL – The annual Polk Emerging Leaders Award Ceremony was held yesterday at the Bartow Civic Center. Tropics CEO and Owner Andrew Haines received a nomination for the award after being in the community for less then a year. Haines now serves on two non-profit boards, Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity, and has participated in over 30 community events since the Tropics were announced.

“It is an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award. Each and every one of the nominees is a leader within the community, and to be viewed among one of them is truly an honor. It is my goal to give everything I can back to this community. I am very thankful to be considered for this award, and look forward to what our organization can accomplish in continuing to build the sense of community throughout Polk County”.

Amongst Haines were 15 other nominees from companies across the county, all of which have proven to be leaders amongst their business and community. The full list of nominees included the following:

Amy Palmer – City of Auburndale
Andrew Haines – Florida Tropic SC & Central Florida Sports Ventures
Andy McEntire – Indie Atlantic Films
Betsy Cleveland – Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce
Brandie Gogel – Polk County School Board
Billie Hutto – P & J’s Recreation
Cari Herrington – All About Aging, LLC
Chad Tagtow – Citizens Bank & Trust
Clifford Parody – Journalist
Clint Edwards – Tom Edwards Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Danielle Baker – GEICO Insurance
Derek Oxford – CPS Investment Advisors
Erica Lupercio – Posto 9
Greta Dupuy – Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Hollie Hill – Perfect Form Wellness
Jorge Giraldo – Senior Helpers
Jude Dauphin – Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center
Kara Simm – MAXHome Inspections
Kathryn Bevilacqua – Madden Brand Agency
Kristen Hathcock – Denison Middle School
Lyndsey Ladewig – Gadd Case & Associates
Merissa Green – City of Auburndale
Michael Ehlenbeck – CPS Investment Advisors
Ronald Shell – Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club
Sarah Petty – Grace Manor Suites of Lakeland
Sarah Powers – Top Buttons, Inc.
Sha’Kia Young – Data B.I.T.S LLC
Stacy Walsh – YMCA of West Central Florida
Stuart McCutcheon – Haines City Fire Department
Tiffani Gozdur – Citizens Bank & Trust

Congratulations to the award nominees and recipients!

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 or to purchase tickets, call 863-333-5353 or visit Store.FLTropics.com.

Tropics Sign Brazilians Maycon França and Lucas Montelares

Lakeland, FL – Florida Tropics CEO and Owner Andrew Haines announced the signing of two new players this afternoon. Maycon França and Lucas Montelares will be joining Anthony Arico, Piotr Sliwa and Freddy Moojen on the roster for the Tropics inaugural season. França and Montelares are both Brazilian-born players and are expected to strengthen the roster at the forward and defensive positions.

“These two players are great signings for the Club. They both bring experience at a high level of play that will help provide strength and depth to our roster. They are young players with a very bright future, and have a strong skill set that will transition well to the indoor game. I look forward to seeing the two of them in action come November,” said Head Coach Clay Roberts.

Maycon França, 23, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has established his young career as a striker, winning awards such as the São Paulo federation Gold Shoe in 2010 (best player of the year) and the Silver Ball as top scorer of the São Paulo federation in 2011. He has played for the likes of Brazilian powerhouse academy Santos Football Club, and also has futsal experience with well-known Brazilian sides Gremetal and Jacarei. França’s most recent club was Camboriú Futebol Club, who compete in the Brazilian minor league.

Lucas Montelares, 25, also plays for Camboriú Futebol Club in Brazil. Montelares has an impressive resume, with time spent at Brazilian Serie A clubs Internacional and Corinthians. Montelares has also spent time in the Brazilian minor league with teams like Icasa, Pato Branco, CAD Diadema and Rio Branco. At just over 6 foot and 185 pounds, Montelares adds much needed size and strength to the Tropics’ back line.

“It is our goal to be competitive right from the start. We want to win a championship in year one. I believe by bringing on young talented players like Franca and Montelares, we stand a chance in what will be a very competitive league. I plan on signing more talented international players, along with former pro indoor veterans, in the hopes that we have a very successful inaugural season,” said Haines.

The Tropics will be announcing more players in the near future. Come see Franca and Monteleras take the field for the Tropics this November! Season tickets and information are currently available by calling 863-333-5353 or visiting http://store.fltropics.com.

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 or to purchase tickets, visit FLTropics.com.

Florida Tropics SC Announce Three Player Signings for Inaugural Season

Lakeland Florida – Florida Tropics SC announced their first three player signings today. The signings included Goalkeeper Piotr Sliwa, Midfielders Anthony Arico, as well as veteran striker Freddy Moojen (who will fill the roll as player coach).

Sliwa, Arico, and Moojen all have professional indoor soccer experience, while Garcia will join the team as a rookie. “We are excited to finally announce our first player signings. I have personally worked with 3 of the 4 players, and know the high level or professionalism they bring both on and off the field. They will serve as a core for the organization, and we expect to see many top plays from this group during the team’s inaugural season. We can’t wait to see them take the field in November” said CEO and Owner, Andrew Haines.

Sliwa began his career in professional indoor soccer in 2014 while playing for the Seattle Impact and Ontario Fury. The Debica, Poland native moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. During his youth, Sliwa was a member of the A.A.C. Eagles, which is one of the oldest and most successful Polish club teams outside of Poland. He was a member of a national championship squad and three national runner-up teams. Sliwa played at Taft High School in Chicago, where he earned all-state honors his senior year.  While at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, Sliwa was a four-year starter, earning all-conference honors all four years and was an all-American selection his senior year. Academically, he earned a degree in business, concentrating on finance and management. Sliwa served as the Ambush goalkeeper during the 2015-16 season before making the move to Florida. He also has coaching experience at the both the collegiate and youth level.

Anthony Arico also joins the team after two seasons of professional indoor soccer play with the Ambush and Milwaukee Wave. Anthony Arico played High School soccer at Crystal Lake High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois, before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he played at Charlotte Catholic High School. At Crystal Lake, he was the all-time leading scorer. At Charlotte Catholic, he earned All-Conference honors in his sophomore through senior seasons. Arico spent his collegiate career at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. During his time at Eckerd, Arico scored goals and recorded assists in all four years, finishing his senior year with four goals and seven assists. Arico currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rowdies NPSL side, as a way to stay in shape at a high level of competition before joining the Tropics squad for the inaugural season.

Last but certainly not least, Freddy Moojen. Frederico Augusto Pieruccini Moojenis is a native of Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, where he played for Coritiba Football Club’s youth team. He played collegiate soccer at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and Clemson University in South Carolina. At LMU, he was a two-time Gulf South Conference Player of the Year and a 2005 NCAA Division II third team All American.

In 2004, Moojen played for the Cocoa Expos in the Premier Development League (USL). He returned to the Expos in 2005, scoring 18 goals and was tied as the league’s leading scorer. In 2006, Moojen played for Augusta FireBall, where he earned 2006 PDL (USL) MVP honors. He has also played professionally with the Montreal Impact (USL First Division), Minnesota Thunder (USL First Division), and several other teams.

Freddy Moojen – Florida Tropics Moojen began his professional indoor soccer career with the New Jersey Ironmen in 2007, where his 22 goals and seven assists earned him the Major Indoor Soccer League’s 2007-08 Rookie of the Year award.

In 2013, Moojen was granted Canadian citizenship. He represented his adopted country as captain of Canada’s WMF Arena Soccer World Cup team. Moojen scored seven goals in three games against Russia, Brazil and Serbia.

The 2015-16 season was Freddy Moojen’s eighth in professional indoor soccer. While playing with the St. Louis Ambush the past 2015-2016 season, Moojen added the title of Assistant Coach to his resume.  His previous teams include the New Jersey Ironmen, Chicago Storm, Omaha Vipers, Wichita Wings, Baltimore Blast and Dallas Sidekicks. In his last season for the Sidekicks, Moojen led the team in goals (39), points (52), game-winning goals (4), and was tied for second in assists (13). He was fifth in the league in goals scored and eighth in points. He added two goals in two playoff games with Dallas.

Moojen has recently been training with the Canadian Men’s National Futsal team for their appearances in CONCACAF and the Futsal World. Moojen will take on the Player/Assistant Coach role for the Tropics in their inaugural season, and will look to continue his streak of winning games and scoring goals!

“I think the connection between our players and our community is going to be fantastic. The high level of energy and experience these guys bring will get us off to a great start, and gives us a core of players to build around. I look forward to working with this group both on and off the field” said Tropics Head Coach, Clay Roberts.

The community will get to see these guys take the field in November. For more information on the Tropics, and to stay up to date on player signings, visit http://www.FLTropics.com and sign up for their mailing list today!

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. The team is owned and operated by Central Florida Sports Ventures, LLC. For more information on the club, partnership opportunities, and tickets, call 863-333-5353 or visit FLTropics.com.