Tropics can't crash the party as Monterrey has successful MASL relaunch

by Brian Ackley

MONTERREY, Mexico – The Monterrey Flash made their return to the Major Arena Soccer League a successful one Sunday night as they defeated the Florida Tropics SC, 9-4.

Monterrey got two goals from Efrain Martinez and Brayan Aguilar, while Carlos “Chile” Farias assisted on four scores  The Flash won the MASL title in 2014-15, but did not field a team the last two seasons.

Mauricio Salles and Lucas Coutinho, both newcomers to the Tropics this campaign, each scored twice. Salles has four goals in two games for Florida, raising his career arena mark to 198 goals in 163 games. He played for Sonora last season.

The Flash got single goals from Erik Flores, Miguel Vaca, Armando Teran, Edgar Gonzalez and Carlos Hernandez.

The game was tied 2-2 into the second period when the Flash converted two straight power play chances to take a 4-2 lead. In all, they were 3-for-4 with the man advantage, while Florida did not score on its lone man up situation.

Florida falls to 1-1 on the season, and will have it's home opener next Saturday, Nov. 11 against the Cedar Rapids Rampage. In honor of Veterans Day, all active and retired military along with all first responders can claim up to four free tickets by calling the team office at 863-240-0101. 

The game, as are all Tropics games, will also be broadcast live at