Tropics will open its third USL League Two season on Saturday, May 11, when they host Daytona SC
The Lakeland Tropics will open their third season of USL League Two play at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland Saturday night, May 11, when they host Daytona SC. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live at www.my.cujoo.tv.
It is the first league game for both sides, although the Tropics played Tuesday night against league foe The Villages SC in a first-round 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale. After batting to a 1-1 tie over 120 minutes of regulation and overtime time, The Villages won in the 10th round of penalty kicks.
The Tropics will once again play in the eight-team southeastern division, which has several new franchises this season in addition to Daytona. They include the Treasure Coast Tritons, Sarasota Metropilis FC and Florida Elite SA.
Lakeland will play a 14-game regular season, with six Saturday night games at Bryant Stadium, including a rematch with the Buffalo on Memorial Day weekend. That Saturday night showdown on May 25 will also be a 7 p.m. start.
The Tropics earned a tie for second in the division last spring, with The Villages, who moved on to the post-season based on their 1-0-1 record against Lakeland during the regular season. Each finished the regular campaign at 9-2-3, just behind the SIMA Aguilas, who are not in the division this season. The Villages advanced all the way to the USL League Two final
Back for his third season as head coach is Eoghan Conlon, who guided the team to a 9-3-2 mark in 2017, good for third place in the division. Lakeland will play five of its first seven at Bryant Stadium, and finish the year with a stretch of
five away games in six starts, before ending the regular season at home Friday, July 12.
For more information, including ticket information, go to www.lakelandtropics.com, or call 863- 605-4131. All Tropics home games will be streamed live at www.mycujoo.tv.
The season schedule and league standings follow:
Saturday, May 11 vs. Daytona SC 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 at Weston FC 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 25 vs. The Villages SC 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 vs. FC Miami City 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4 at Florida Elite SA 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 vs. Treasure Coast Tritons 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 18 vs. Weston FC 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18 at FC Miami City 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 vs. Sarasota Metropolis FC 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25 at Daytona SC 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29 at The Villages SC 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 at Treasure Coast Tritons 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9 at Sarasota Metropolis FC 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 21 Florida Elite SA 7 p.m.
Lakeland Tropics / Member USL League Two
1125 Bartow Road / Suite 302 / Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone/Tickets: (863) 240-0101 / www.lakelandtropics.com