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TROPICS SIGN THREE PLAYERS FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA

Lakeland, FL – Tropics Owner and CEO Andrew Haines announced today the signing of three new players found during the team’s open tryouts. Julian Pavlovski, Raphael Nascimento and Alexi Cortez will join the likes of Freddy Moojen, Anthony Arico, Piotr Sliwa and the rest of the signings on the Tropics inaugural season roster. The team is set to take the field for the first time on November 11th against San Diego.

Julian Pavlovski was born in Rochester, New York. He attended Lake Howell High school in Winter Park, Florida, and has been playing locally in Central Florida ever since. He ventured outside of Florida for a short stint, having played a few years at Western Texas College, and Barton Community College. Pavlovski then decided to leave the college game and pursue a professional career. He has since played for a number of top Central Florida Clubs, such as East Orange, Central Florida Craze and most recently Orlando City Premier. Pavlovski is a right-footed midfielder, with the ability to play either side of pitch.

Raphael Nascimento was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Brazil. Nascimento played for America, Santa Cruz and Clube Atletico Mineiro during his youth in Brazil. Before moving to the states for college, he gained professional soccer experience with Ipatinga Futebol Clube, who have played at the highest level in Brazil, Série A. In 2010 Nascimento moved back to the US to play for Marshalltown Community College for two years before transferring to Grand View University, where he would see out his final two years of his college career. During his college years, Nascimento played in the USL PDL with the Des Moines Menace. After college, Nascimento got his start in professional soccer with the Tampa Bay Rowdies organization. Nascimento is a defender who will add strength to the Tropics back line.

The final signing announced is a former Florida Southern alumnus. Alexi Cortez is a midfielder who spent his final 3 years playing for Florida Southern after completing his freshman year playing at Jacksonville University. As a senior, Cortez started every game and scored 3 goals as a holding midfielder. During his youth, Cortez attended Al Sousa at Osceola High School in Largo, Florida, where he received First Team All-Pinellas County awards both his junior and senior year. He scored 21 goals in his prep career, including nine as a senior captain, along with 12 assists. On the club side, Cortez played for the renowned Tampa Bay United. Cortez will serve as an important asset for the Tropics defensive midfield.

“All three of these players are great, young signings for the Club. They provide depth to our lines and an opportunity to develop homegrown players at the professional level. We hope the community will come out to support these guys as they work hard to make a name for themselves, and help us build a team that can stick together and win championships for many years to come. I look forward to having these guys out in the community helping us build our brand, both on and off the field,” said CEO and Owner Andrew Haines.

The Tropics have announced that they will take the field against the San Diego Sockers for the team’s inaugural season game. The game is set to kick off at 7:35pm on November 11th at the Lakeland Center.

To purchase tickets to see Pavlovski, Nascimento, Cortez and the rest of the Tropics inaugural season roster in action, call 863-333-5353. As a reminder, by purchasing season tickets to the Tropics indoor side (which are still available at a discounted rate), you will also receive season tickets to the Lakeland Tropics inaugural USL PDL outdoor season FREE!

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 in the Major Arena Soccer League, which is 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

TROPICS CEO ANDREW HAINES NOMINATED FOR POLK COUTY AWARD

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.