The Cape Coral Hurricanes start a new chapter Friday night in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the 4th Division of U.S. Soccer, when they host Miami United in the season opener at Cape Coral High School's Dave Warkentin Stadium.
Friday's matchup is the second time the teams have met this season. The first was a preseason contest in Miami with Miami winning by a score of 2-1. They play the second leg of the Everglades Cup series on July 19 in Cape Coral.
With some returning players joined by newcomers from Southwest Florida - including Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples - the Hurricanes also have scoured the country and beyond to find the right mix of players to represent them this season.
New additions include standout collegiate players from Florida, Illinois, Alabama and Texas. They will team up with current players and others that have come through world renowned soccer academies like the EPL system at Liverpool FC in England.
"We are extremely excited to get a few players from FGCU," said Hurricanes general manager J.P. Terrasi. "We're happy to see that a top soccer college like FGCU sees the value we are putting toward developing players."