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Miami United team to visit Cape to take on Huricanes

April 23, 2013
Special to The Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The highly touted and highly talented Miami United International soccer players are coming to Cape Coral this Friday night, April 26. The game will be the second leg of the Everglades Cup Series that the Cape Coral Hurricanes and Miami United will play this summer. The two teams are set to play each other four times for this special series and two additional times in National Premier Soccer League play.

Both teams are two of the newest to the NPSL and are members of the newly formed Sunshine Conference that also includes Jacksonville United, Tampa Marauders and the Georgia Revolution.

The first leg of the series that was held two weeks ago was a difficult one for the Hurricanes as they lost 6-0 but Miami had requested that the game be rescheduled to Sunday afternoon from the already scheduled Saturday night game and the Hurricanes were missing many key players that afternoon.

Even though the NPSL is primarily a developmental league in the U.S. Soccer pyramid, a few teams have made the decision to have professionals on their squad. Miami United is one of those teams that have made the decision to forgo the use of college players and instead have recruited top players from all over the world. According to their website at:, they have international players hailing from Honduras, Brazil and even a player that was signed by AC Milan in Italy. They list Simon Quintieri, Daniele Fortunato and Joao Paulo Marangon as the "Brazitalians" on the team, Mattia Desole as their key recruit from AC Milan and three other Honduran Internationals as well.

Most teams in the league use numerous college players to make up their squads and according to NCAA rules, those players cannot report to spring camp until after May 1.

So, as the Hurricanes and most of the teams across the country are still waiting on some of their key players, those few teams, like Miami, have already had their full squads in camp and have been training regularly.

"It will surely be interesting," said head coach Joe Zakowicz, "our players got quite the education when we went to Miami a couple of weeks ago but it was good for them to play against that kind of quality."

This egame kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at Cape High School. Tickets will be sold at the gate for only $6 for adults, $4 for students and then youth (14 and under) who are members of any youth soccer organization, can get in free with a paid adult as long as they wear their soccer club jersey. You can also check out more specials online at:

For more information about the Cape Coral Hurricane's NPSL team, players, tickets and ticket promotions, merchandise, schedule, team history, sponsorships, advertising, the Hurri-cane's U23 Reserve team, or any other questions, please see our website at: or contact General Manager J.P. Terrasi at 239-677-8752 or email to

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