Cape Coral Hurricanes
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|Full name||Cape Coral Hurricanes|
|Stadium||Cape Coral High School
Cape Coral, Florida
|Head Coach||Roy Hill|
|League||National Premier Soccer League|
|2013||5th, Sunshine Division
|Website||Club home page|
The Cape Coral Hurricanes are a pro soccer team based in Cape Coral, Florida, United States. Founded in 2010, the team plays in Sunshine Conference of the NPSL, which is located in the 4th tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.
In June 2010, the Cape Coral Hurricanes started with a GRASS ROOTS effort to bring a professionally run, Top-Amateur soccer team to the city of Cape Coral, Florida. Following the success of there petition "Bring the Team", it was announced later that year that a professional soccer team was being brought to Southwest Florida.
They announced their team on January 9, 2012 at Cape Coral City Hall in front of the Mayor, City Council, fans and media. They also announced their team logo and summer schedule at the press conference.
During the spring and summer of 2012, the Cape Coral Hurricanes successfully fielded a team of top local talent that played a full season of exhibition games. Cape Coral played seven home games and four vital away games, all against teams that played in the USL PDL. One of the most important games was when the Jacksonville Destroyers PDL team came play the Hurricanes in Cape Coral. These games gave us a tremendous amount of experience and truly indicated the strength of the team as a whole.
The team ended their Inaugural Exhibition Season with a 4-3-2 record and averaged 239 people per game during their home games.
In November 2012, after two years of Hardwork, the Cape Coral Hurricanes announced that they had signed a 3 year agreement with National Premier Soccer League. For the 2013 season, Cape Coral joined the NPSL as part of an 11 team expansion surge with teams joining the soccer league from as far away as Las Vegas. The squad joined the Sunshine Conference with fellow expansion teams Miami United SC and Tampa Marauders FC as well as the veteran NPSL squads Georgia Revolution and Jacksonville United. The Hurricanes became the fourth team in the conference from the state of Florida. The conference was just one year removed from a 2011 NPSL championship with Jacksonville United. The squad performed poorly during the 2013 NPSL season, struggling to score goals and earned a single point in their 8 competitive matches with the draw coming against the 2013 Sunshine Conference Champions Jacksonville United. The Hurricanes did have a good overall season outside of league play as they recorded a final record of 8-2-12 including wins against cross bridge rivals Fort Myers Genesis, Gulf Coast Cup rivals Tampa Marauders, and PDL squad Ocala Stampede. The squad finished the league season with a 5th place finish in the conference, but with much to build on for future seasons.
The Cape Coral Hurricanes also fielded a reserve team in the Gulf Coast Soccer League which gave players on the squad opportunities to move up to the NPSL team and which included a match in the pre-season against the NPSL side in the annual Blue & White game which the White (NPSL) side defeated the Blue squad 6-1. The Hurricanes also be played in four "non-league" games against Tampa for the inaugural Gulf Coast Cup which was won by Tampa 3 wins to 1. The Hurricanes also played a similar series against Miami United with only 2 matches called The Everglades Cup which was won by Miami with 1 win and 1 draw.
Following the Hurricanes Inaugural season in the NPSL, the Hurricanes have currently announced three separate try-out dates to fill it squad with players from not only around the country and world, but also with local talent from the Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, and other Southwest Florida areas. The NPSL has also seen much growth for the 2014 season as a projected 80 plus teams from across the country are joining the league. The Cape Coral Hurricanes are also starting a new Not For Profit organization called the Southwest Florida Community Sports Initiative as their community outreach partner for 2014 and beyond. Growth for the conference is also forthcoming as the Sunshine Conference has grown to now include Storm FC from Fort Lauderdale and Bayamon FC from Puerto Rico to make the conference now sit at 7 teams.
2013 Cape Coral Hurricanes Roster
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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