Tropics eye fifth straight win, first place in division, when Inter Orlando Academy visits Friday

by Brian Ackley

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Tropics SC will look to continue their perfect start in the United Premier Soccer League, and potentially move into first place in the Pro Premier Florida Central West Division, when Inter Orlando Academy visits Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale Friday night, April 26.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. and the game will be streamed live at

The Tropics can take over sole possession of first in the division with a win, and will be looking to improve to 5-0-0 on the season. Not only have they won their first four, they haven't allowed a goal yet this season.

Ricardo Diegues leads the team with six goals, while a bevy of Tropics SC players have two on the season including Melvin Boetang, Xavier Silva, Corey Mills, Victor Parreiras and Keisuke Ohata. Hugo Silva has three clean sheets, and shared a fourth with backup goalkeep Jorge Navarette.

Sporting Orlando, who the Tropics SC defeated 3-0 earlier this week, is currently atop the table with a mark of 4-2-1 (13 points). The Tropics at 4-0-0 have 12 points in three less games.

This is the fourth of a five-game homestand, which will conclude with the team's only home Saturday night game on May 4 when the Tropics SC will host Greater Orlando Sports Academy.  And Lake Myrtle will host Polk's first-ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open game three nights later, May 7, when their sister franchise, the Lakeland Tropics of USL League Two, will host The Villages SC, with the winner moving on to meet the Tampa Bay Rowdies on May 14.

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