Tropics Gearing Up For 2018
The Florida Tropics will have a new look in goal when they start their third year in the Major Arena Soccer League in December, signing former Harrisburg Heat netminder Hugo Silva for the 2018-19 season. Per league and team policies, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Silva has been the starting goalkeeper for the Eastern Division rival Harrisburg Heat for the past two seasons, posting a 5.55 goals against average in his rookie season and a 6.31 mark for the Heat last year. The Tropics starter each of their last two seasons, Piotr Sliwa, signed this offseason with the Orlando SeaWolves.
“Hugo brings great skills and a great understanding of the indoor game to the Tropics,” Head Coach Clay Roberts said. “We’ve admired his athletic talents from the other side of the floor and know what kind of effort he puts and intensity he plays with game in and game out. He has consistently been one of the top goaltenders we have faced in our first two years. We are excited to have him on our side starting this fall.”
The 6′-2” native of Brazil isn’t afraid to mix it up a bit on the offensive end of the floor as well. He scored a goal last year, and had four assists, including a two-assist game last December against St. Louis. His goal came last November at home on a shot from his own yellow line that went untouched through traffic in front of the Ontario Fury goal.
In his first year, he claimed two wins over the Baltimore Blast, who have won the last three consecutive MASL championships, including one in the playoffs. Silva backstopped a 7-4 regular season win over Baltimore in 2016-17, along with a 5-4 win in Baltimore in March. He was also in goal when the Heat extended the Blast with a 5-4 post-season triumph. He was named the game’s No. 1 star. He was also the winning goaltender in all four games against the Tropics that season. Silva allowed just two goals in two of those wins.
The MASL will play a 24-game regular season from December to March this coming season. The Tropics tentative home opener on SYKES Field at the RP Funding Center is scheduled for early December. For more information, go to www.tropicssoccer.com.