Florida Tropics SC

Florida Tropics SC is a professional soccer club based in Lakeland, Florida. 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 organization was originally founded in 2015 as a team in the Major Arena Soccer League[1] before expanding into other leagues.

Florida Tropics SC
Founded2016 (2016)
StadiumRP Funding Center
Bryant Stadium
Lake Myrtle Sports Complex
Walter Fuller Sports Complex
Capacity5,137 (MASL)
OwnerCentral Florida Sports Ventures, LLC
CoachClay Roberts
Eoghan Conlon
Lucas Teixeira
Don Tobin
LeagueMajor Arena Soccer League
USL League Two
United Premier Soccer League
Women's Premier Soccer League
2018–195th, South Central Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

The Tropics organization operates four senior teams across four different leagues. The first team is Florida Tropics SC, which plays in the professional Major Arena Soccer League. The club fields two men's outdoor teams. The first is the Lakeland Tropics, who compete in USL League Two and play home games at Thomas W. Bryant Stadium. The second is Tropics SC, now also known as Florida Tropics SC which plays in the United Premier Soccer League. The Tropics also have a women's team, Florida Tropics WPSL, which competes in the Women's Premier Soccer League.[2]

In addition to the senior squads, the Tropics organization also oversees three youth clubs in Central Florida. Lakeland Tropics FC in Lakeland, PCU Tropics in St. Petersburg, and Celebration FC Tropics in Celebration.


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. It was in 2017 that the club fielded their first USL League Two franchise, and in 2019 a new squad was created to play in the UPSL Pro Premier Florida Division, who went on to win the leagues national championship.

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


201920 roster

Active Players

  • As of 15 December 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
MF Lucio Gonzaga
00 GK Jorge Navarrete
1 GK Hugo Silva
2 DF Stefan Mijatovic
3 MF Gordy Gurson
5 DF Lucas Teixeira
6 GK Brett Petricek
7 FW Victor Parreiras
8 FW Zach Reget
10 MF Antonio Manfut
11 FW Ricardo Carvalho
16 DF Drew Ruggles
No. Position Player
19 DF Guilherme Dos Santos
21 DF Stephen DeRoux
22 MF Anthony Arico
23 DF J.P. Reyes
24 MF Melvin Boateng
26 DF Fernando Machado
27 MF Joey Tavernese
33 DF Rafa Alves
39 DF Robert Acosta
70 FW Ricardinho Sobreira
90 DF Lucas Montelares
99 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
DF Victor Baez
9 MF Efrain Martinez
No. Position Player
20 MF Pedro Ivo Dias
32 GK Rainer Hauss


  • Clay RobertsHead coach, (2016–present)
  • Robbie AristodemoAssistant coach, (2018–present)
  • Wilbert Arroyo – Assistant/goalkeepers coach, (2016–present)
  • Dr. Panos Iakovidis - Team owner (2017–present)/assistant coach (2019–present)
  • Corey Mills – Assistant coach, (2018–present)
  • Lucas Teixeira - Assistant coach, (2019–present)
  • Chris Economides – Chief Operating Officer, (2017–present)
  • Andrew Ross – General Manager, (2016–present)

Notable Players



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