Tropics, GOSA Spurs will battle for spot in UPSL Round of 16 in Saturday showdown

by Brian Ackley

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Florida Tropics will look to continue their recent run of success in the United Premier Soccer League playoffs when they host the GOSA Spurs Saturday night, July 10, at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The Tropics, the UPSL’s defending Spring champions from 2019, have advanced to the national round of the 32, winning one-goal games in each of their first two playoff contests over Florida Premier and the PSE Conquistadores respectively.

Florida comes in having finished second in the Florida West division, and with an overall mark of 10-2-2. They are the fourth highest scoring team in the UPSL so far this season with 47 total goals, led by forward Will Eyang who is tied for second nationally in goals with 17, despite missing several regular season games.

Down 2-0 last Saturday, Eyang came out and scored three goals in the first  nine minutes of the second half to lift the Tropics to a win over the Conquistadores. 

GOSA was the fourth and final playoff qualifier from the Florida Central Division, but upset OFC Barca, the only undefeated side among 28 UPSL teams in Florida during the regular season, and then punched its ticket to the Round of 32 with a win on penalty-kicks against the Orlando City U23 squad after the two teams battled to a scoreless result after regulation and extra time. 

GOSA had a plus 9 goal differential in 10 regular season games (5-3-2) with 21 goals for and 12 against. In 12 regular season games, the Tropics had a goal differential of plus 29 with 42 goals for and 13 goals surrendered.

The winner will move on to the UPSL Round of 16 next weekend to meet the winner of this weekend’s game between the Miami Beach CF (10-3-0) and the CMA Tritons (9-2-2). Those two teams were the top two regular season finishers in the Florida South division. Details of the Round of 16 matchups will be announced after this weekend’s results. 

Admission for Saturday’s game is free. Parking is $10 for single occupant vehicles, and $20 for multi-occupant vehicles. For information on a live-stream broadcast of the game, monitor the team’s social media platforms for link information.