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Florida Tropics SC
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Founded2016; 3 years ago (2016)
Stadium SYKES Field at the RP Funding Center
OwnerCentral Florida Sports Ventures, LLC
Coach Clay Roberts
League Major Arena Soccer League
2017–183rd, Eastern Division
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website

Florida Tropics SC is a professional indoor soccer team based in Lakeland, Florida. They were a founding member of the Indoor Professional League. [1] They are owned by Central Florida Sports Ventures, LLC, led by Dr. Panos Iakovidis, and former USL commissioner and Rochester Rhinos owner Chris Economides. The team was founded by Andrew Haines, former owner of the St. Louis Ambush in 2015. The team is a member of the Major Arena Soccer League.

The Tropics organization also owns and operates an outdoor soccer team, the Lakeland Tropics, who compete in USL League Two and play home games at Thomas W. Bryant Stadium. On 22 March 2018, it was announced the Tropics would be partnering with Pinellas County United SC to field a squad in the Women's Premier Soccer League, Florida Tropics SC WPSL. [2] The team played two of their three home games at Bryant Stadium and the third at St. Petersburg High School.


On May 3, 2016, the Tropics, in conjunction with the newly formed IPL, held a press conference at the RP Funding Center and stated they would be joining the IPL alongside the Baltimore Blast, Harrisburg Heat, and St. Louis Ambush. [3] [4] However, on August 29, 2016, it was announced that all IPL teams including Florida would be joining the MASL. [5] The team finished 3rd in their division in their inaugural season, and averaged over 2,500 fans a game including one sell out. In their second season in the MASL, the Tropics again fell just short of the playoffs, finishing 3rd in the Eastern Division.

The official supporter group of the Tropics organization is the Swan City Syndicate.


2018–19 roster

Active Players

  • As of 13 March 2019 [6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Jorge Navarrete
1 Brazil GK Hugo Silva
3 United States MF Antonio Manfut
4 Haiti FW Max Touloute
5 Brazil DF Lucas Teixeira
7 Brazil FW Victor Parreiras
8 Brazil MF Caio Ruiz
9 Brazil FW Ricardo Diegues
11 Jamaica FW Andre Braithwaite
12 Brazil FW Maycon França
14 United States MF Alexi Cortez
No. Position Player
15 Brazil DF Jose Luiz Birche
18 France FW Enzo Marangoni
19 Brazil DF Guilherme Dos Santos
22 United States MF Anthony Arico
23 Ecuador DF JP Reyes
24 Ghana MF Melvin Boateng
33 Brazil DF Rafa Alves
37 Venezuela DF Edgar Gamboa
45 Canada MF Robbie Aristodemo
89 United States DF Phibo Arriaga
99 United States MF Matt Clare

Inactive Players

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil FW Rodrigo Fernandes Alflen
Canada Marko Bedenikovic
Canada Diego Gonzalez
Brazil Pedro Ivo Dias
Canada Josue Jaramillo
Canada Eduardo Jauregui
Canada Nikola Miodrag
Canada Mario Orestano
No. Position Player
Brazil Diego Pantuza
Canada Milos Scepanovic
Haiti Luvio Touloute
6 Brazil DF Daniel Mendes
13 Curaçao DF Gerritson Craane
21 Brazil MF Lucas Coutinho
26 Brazil DF Fernando Machado
90 Brazil DF Lucas Montelares


  • United States Clay RobertsHead coach, (2016–present)
  • United States Wilbert Arroyo – Assistant/goalkeepers coach, (2016–present)
  • United States Corey Mills – Assistant coach, (2018–present)
  • Canada Robbie AristodemoAssistant coach, (2018–present)
  • United States Lloyd Knudson – Head athletic trainer, (2018–present)
  • United States Andrew Ross – General manager, (2016–present)

Notable Former Players



  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/FLTropics/videos/1783778395175144/
  2. ^ "Tropics Soccer Club and Pinellas County United SC Partner on WPSL Franchise, Lady Tropics SC". FLTropics.com. Florida Tropics SC. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/FLTropics/videos/1783778395175144/
  4. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/soccer/bs-sp-blast-brief-0504-20160503-story.html
  5. ^ http://pointstreaksites.com/view/masl/news/news_460679
  6. ^ [1]

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