The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) this week announced the first round of expansion teams for the 2013 season, including the Cape Coral Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes are one of several new Florida clubs. While having ambitions of getting into the NPSL, they put together a full season of exhibition games and promotions last year. They are poised to make a big splash in the market and help build the league's brand in Southwest Florida.
They plan on fielding a very competitive team and doing game promotions and events to get everyone in the community involved.
The Hurricanes, who will play in the Sunshine Conference with Miami United SC, plan to be a visible part of the local youth soccer community, which is one of the largest in the state.
J.P. Terrasi, the team's general manager, will roll out a marketing campaign.
Cape Coral's squad will be made up primarily of Florida players from local colleges and universities, but some players also may come from amateur leagues in the area.
The 11 expansion teams also include FC Sparta Michigan, the Las Vegas Stallions, the Zanesville Athletic FC, the Tampa Marauders FC, Miami United SC, Chesterfield United FC, Rock City Soccer Club, the New Orleans Jesters, Virginia FC, and RVA Football Club.
FC Sparta and Zanesville will be joining the Midwest Great Lakes Conference and compete against the likes of AFC Cleveland, Detroit City FC, FC Buffalo, and the Erie Admirals.
Tampa Marauders FC will bring top-flight soccer to downtown Tampa's Howard W. Blake HS, a facility that holds over 2,000 fans.