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Defender Rafael Alves Signs New Three-Year Deal with Florida Tropics

July 24, 2020 - LAKELAND, Fla. - Defender Rafael Alves has signed a three-year contract to stay with the Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Conference champion Florida Tropics, pending visa approval. Per league and team policies, no further details of the deal were disclosed. Alves started his Tropics' career in the team's inaugural 2016-17 season, but because of injuries, appeared in just nine games in his first two years. Over the past two campaigns, Alves has made 31 appearances,. "Rafa got off to a slo... Full Story

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Former Wave Defender Chad Vandegriffe Signs Two-Year Deal with Tropics

July 23, 2020 - LAKELAND, Fla. - For the second straight off-season, the Florida Tropics have signed a veteran defender from the Milwaukee Wave, this time adding Chad Vandegriffe to the team's backline on a two-year free agent deal. Per league and team policies, no further details of the deal were disclosed. Vandegriffe has played the last four years with the Wave, averaging almost a shot block a game (63 total), and adding 16 goals in 75 career games. He has had game-winning goals in each of the last two ye... Full Story

Congratulations to the Polk County Public Schools Class of 2020

July 7, 2020 - In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, graduating seniors across the country were missing out on one of the most important celebrations in their lives. Graduation ceremonies across the country were becoming drive-by's, going virtual or being cancelled all together. The Polk County Public School Board came to the City of Lakeland, the Detroit Tigers and the Lakeland Flying Tigers organization to try and give their seniors a normal graduation in an abnormal world. The City of Lakeland, the De... Full Story

It's Official, Tropics Named 2019-20 MASL Eastern Conference Champions

July 1, 2020 - The Major Arena Soccer League's (MASL) Board of Directors voted on Tuesday to officially conclude the 2019-2020 season and recognize the Monterrey Flash and Florida Tropics respectively as Western and Eastern Conference Regular Season Champions. The 2019-2020 season was cut short on March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. Prior to that, the Flash and Tropics had dominated their schedules and raced to the top of their conference tables. This is the third straight season the Monterrey Fla... Full Story

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