Florida Tropics SC reach agreement with veteran defender Phibo Arriaga

by Andrew Ross

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Tropics SC have announced the signing of defender Phibo Arriaga. Per team and league rules, no terms of the contract have been revealed.

Arriaga, a 5'-10” 170 lb. defender, is a veteran of more than two dozen Major Arena Soccer League games, including career-high 16-games last season with the Cedar Rapids Rampage, who earned a playoff spot.

He started his indoor career in the 2014-15 season with the Tacoma Stars when he appeared in five games, with a goal and an assist. In all, he has appeared in 26 games, scoring three goals and adding seven assists. He was an honorable mention ALL MASL pick for week 16 last season.

He most recently signed in the off season with the Orlando SeaWolves. With injuries depleting the Florida back line, the Tropics have given up 21 goals in their last two games, and are winless in their last four starts. Arriaga will help to strengthen and add veteran leadership to the Tropics defense as they look to snap the Clubs longest lasting losing streak in it's short history. 

Despite that, they remain just two games behind the Kansas City Comets for second place in the MASL South Central Division. The top two teams in the division earn spots in the league playoffs.

The Tropics will be home to face the St. Louis Ambush Saturday at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. Kickoff is at 7:05 p.m. For tickets to the special “Star Wars” themed night, visitwww.fltropics.com or call 863-204-0101.