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Indoor soccer: Coach Clay Roberts reflects on Tropics’ successful season – The Ledger


Florida Tropics wrapped up its season last week reaching the championship for the first time in franchise history.

Clay Roberts kept telling his Florida Tropics to not hang their heads after going down 4-3 to the San Diego Sockers in Game 2 of the Major Arena Soccer League championship.

After all, this was the first time in the Tropics’ six-year history the franchise advanced all the way to the Ron Newman Cup championship. But after losing Game 2 — the Tropics lost 6-3 to San Diego in Game One May 2 in Lakeland — the 2021-22 indoor soccer season ended May 9.

“It’s been a memorable season, and nothing to hang our heads on,” said Roberts, the Tropics head coach. “We fell short of the ultimate goal, but we have a lot to be proud of, and I was proud of them, and thanked them for their efforts throughout the year.’

San Diego, the longtime juggernaut of the MASL, won its 16th league title. The Sockers are comprised of a number of all-league players, including Goalie of the Year Boris Pardo.

“The difference in the game is that their goal scorers scored goals and we struggled to score goals. We were in the right position to do so,” Roberts said. “As soon as we’re 3-3, I definitely felt the game was in our favor and (then we) just gave up a goal against the run of play in that moment. I think when you get to a championship game, it’s just about details, and they executed details a little better than we did.”

Those details may have been executed better if the Tropics had their full roster available. In Game One, forward Ricardo Carvalho, a top-five player for the Tropics who is ninth in the league in scoring, broke his arm in the first quarter.

“We’re missing a pretty big impact player, but that happens in sports,” Roberts said.

Still, the Tropics managed to get within a goal of the championship. On top of that, the Tropics went 18-3-2 in the regular season — the second time the franchise has hit 18 wins, and the team won its third straight Eastern Division crown.

“From a coaching standpoint, we were committed to the details of what we felt were going to put us in this position and the task that was ahead and just the energy and time that has to be put into that to make sure that game plan is reached,” Roberts said. “From a coaching standpoint, (that’s) something that I’m walking away with, feeling the effects of that fatigue right now.”

Roberts did, however, list his top three moments of the season.

• Going 8-1 at home to start out the season from Dec. 18 to Jan. 30.

• After winning eight of nine, Florida would go on to go 4-1 on the road, including road back-to-back wins over Milwaukee and St. Louis.

• The playoff run the organization had despite dealing with injuries — forward Bruno Henrique went down with an ACL tear in early February …….

Source: https://www.theledger.com/story/sports/2022/05/17/indoor-soccer-coach-clay-roberts-reflects-tropics-successful-season/9794395002/

Florida Tropics wrapped up its season last week reaching the championship for the first time in franchise history.

Clay Roberts kept telling his Florida Tropics to not hang their heads after going down 4-3 to the San Diego Sockers in Game 2 of the Major Arena Soccer League championship.

After all, this was the first time in the Tropics’ six-year history the franchise advanced all the way to the Ron Newman Cup championship. But after losing Game 2 — the Tropics lost 6-3 to San Diego in Game One May 2 in Lakeland — the 2021-22 indoor soccer season ended May 9.

“It’s been a memorable season, and nothing to hang our heads …….

Florida Tropics wrapped up its season last week reaching the championship for the first time in franchise history.

Clay Roberts kept telling his Florida Tropics to not hang their heads after going down 4-3 to the San Diego Sockers in Game 2 of the Major Arena Soccer League championship.

After all, this was the first time in the Tropics’ six-year history the franchise advanced all the way to the Ron Newman Cup championship. But after losing Game 2 — the Tropics lost 6-3 to San Diego in Game One May 2 in Lakeland — the 2021-22 indoor soccer season ended May 9.

“It’s been a memorable season, and nothing to hang our heads …….

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