Tropics hit the road for two, in Baltimore Saturday and Harrisburg Sunday

by Brian Ackley

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Tropics will kick off a stretch of 12 games in 37 days when they travel to Baltimore and Harrisburg for a pair of Major Arena Soccer League Eastern division showdowns this weekend.

Florida, atop the East with 31 points (10 wins, one loss, one overtime loss) and the Blast sit in second with 25 points, but have played three more games on the season than the Tropics. Kickoff will be at 6:05 p.m. in Baltimore Saturday. Florida defeated the Blast in Baltimore Dec. 4 in the season-opener, 6-4, behind a three-goal game from Zach Reget. 

Sunday’s start in Harrisburg is at 5:05 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on the MASL YouTube channel. Harrisburg is in last place in the east with just six points. 

Florida is led by Captain Victor Parreiras who has 16 goals and 14 assists this year. Reget also has 16 goals to tie for the team lead in that category. Lucas Roque’s 15 goals and 13 assists leads the Blast, while Harrisburg’s offense is paced by Dominic Francis with 10 goals and six assists.

Florida is playing for only the second and third times this month, after falling in overtime  in Dallas on Feb. 12, snapping an eight-game win streak. All those triumphs came at home as part of a nine-game early season homestand.  The Tropics will play nine of their final 12 games in just over a month’s time on the road, including two trips to the west coast in March for games against San Diego and the Ontario Fury.

They will return to the RP Funding Center in Lakeland on Sunday, March 13 against the Tacoma Stars. 

The “Tropics Blitz” will provide free general admission tickets  as a way of providing a great evening of family entertainment for parents and kids who have had their activities curtailed because of the ongoing pandemic.

Vehicles with two or more persons will pay $20 to park, and then be able to take their parking receipt to the RP Funding Center box office for the same number of free tickets to that day’s game as occupants in the vehicle. Single occupant vehicles will pay just $10 for parking.