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