by Brian Ackley

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Tropics, Presented by Bond Clinic, will be right back at it
with its second straight weekend doubleheader at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland
when the Kansas City Comets come to town for games Friday, Jan. 8 and Sunday, Jan. 10

Kickoff Friday night is at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday’s start is at 3:05, both Eastern Standard
Time. Tickets are available through the team’s Facebook page (look for event link) and
will be available at the RP Funding Center box office on game days.

Both teams are undefeated. Florida swept a pair from St. Louis last weekend at the RP
Funding Center, with wins of 4-1 on Jan. 2 and 7-5 on Jan. 3 against the St. Louis

Ian Bennett scored three goals and added an assist in the Sunday triumph, while
Ricardo Carvalho assisted on all four Florida goals in the season-opener. Kevin Ellis led
Kansas City to an 8-5 opening-weekend on the road against the Dallas Sidekicks. Lucas
Souza added two goals and an assist.

Hugo Silva, the reigning goals against average netminder in the MASL after posting a
4.14 mark in 2019-20, picked up both wins in goal, and tied a team record for fewest
goals allowed at home with one in Saturday’s contest.

At present, 11 teams have committed to playing in the 2021 season, although that could
still change depending on local restrictions related to the pandemic. Six teams are
playing in January, with the remaining teams to join the mix in February. Teams will play
between 12 and 24 games, with playoff seeding determined by overall winning

The league is announcing schedules only a month at a time because of the pandemic
restrictions, but the final games of the regular season will be played by April 18.

If you can not attend in person, you can see the game live here - https://www.facebook.com/MASLsoccer/events