Tropics Ink Veteran Defender Joshio "Yoshi" Sandoval from Orlando

by Andrew Ross

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Tropics have acquired veteran defender Joshio "Yoshi" (Yo-Shee) Sandoval from the Orlando SeaWolves for future considerations. Per team and league policies, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sandoval began his arena soccer career in 2013-14, the first of three season with the Chicago Mustangs. He spent two seasons with the Cedar Rapids Rampage, and the last two seasons with the SeaWolves.

In 116 career games, he has 27 goals and 35 assists. In the last four seasons, he has 61 blocked shots in 64 games played.

“As we move into the heart of our schedule, depth becomes an important component for any championship team. Sandoval is a top-tier defender with the mentality and work ethic we are looking for, and will play an important role for us going forward,” Coach Clay Roberts said. “We've long admired his skills since we've had a chance to see him play so much against us recently.”

The Eastern Conference leading Tropics will host the SeaWolves on Sunday, Jan. 19 in a 3:05 p.m. kickoff at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. The St. Louis Ambush will visit Lakeland for a Saturday, Jan. 25 kickoff at 5:05 p.m for Star Wars Night. For ticket information, CLICK HERE, or call 863-240-0101. Both games will be televised live on WTTA-TV, Great 38 in Tampa, and online at