UPSL Tropics SC announce 12-game schedule with home opener on April 12

by Brian Ackley

LAKELAND The Tropics SC, getting ready to launch its inaugural season in the United Premier Soccer League, will host 2018 division champion America Soccer Club in its home opener Friday, April 12, at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. 

Tropics SC will play in the UPSL's Pro Premier Southeast Conference, Central Florida Division, featuring a 12-game spring schedule that runs through mid June. All seven home games will be played at Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale, with 7:30 p.m. kickoffs for all seven games. 

The schedule follows:

March 27    Tropics SC at The Institute FC (Kissimmee)

April 12    vs. Leg A-Z Soccer International (Orlando)

April 17    vs. St. Petersburg SC

April 23    vs. Sporting Orlando

April 26    vs. America Soccer Club

May 3        vs. Golden Goal Sports SC (Ocoee)

May 12    at Jacksonville Armada FC

May 17    vs. Clay County SC

May 26    at Huracan FC (Clearwater)

May 29    vs. OFC Barca (East Orlando)

June 5     vs. Interunited Academy

June 8    at Sportsparadize Academy (Orlando)

The Tropics SC is the second developmental team under the club's umbrellas, with the goal of creating a strong player pool for the hoped for advancement to USL League one in the coming years. The Lakeland Tropics will start their third season in USL League Two – formerly the PDL – on May 11 at Bryant Stadium, and have been invited to their second consecutive U.S. Open Cup. The club has applied to host a first-round game at Lake Myrtle on either May 6 or 7.

The UPSL was founded in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 teams nationally. The UPSL is the fastest growing pro-development league in the US, with 400-plus teams targeted for the 2019-20 Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated and is responsible for maintaining UPSL minimum standards at all tier levels.

UPSL teams are all eligible for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).