FORT MYERS, Fla. – Preparing to defend its back-to-back Atlantic Sun regular season titles and its first-ever A-Sun Tournament championship, the FGCU men’s soccer team is set to compete in five spring exhibition matches, including three against MLS squads.
The 2012 spring slate will put the Eagles up against the MLS’s Chicago Fire (Feb. 1), Philadelphia Union (Feb. 11) and Seattle Sounders (Feb. 19) in road contests, and pair them with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (Feb. 25) and Tampa Bay Rowdies (March 17) of the North American Soccer League (NASL) at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
After successfully defending its A-Sun regular season title with a 7-1 conference mark, the Green and Blue entered the A-Sun Tournament as the league’s No. 1 seed. The Eagles went on to a pair of one-goal victories of fourth-seeded Mercer (2-1) and sixth-seeded tournament host ETSU (1-0) to clinch their first-ever A-Sun Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth in the program’s first year of postseason eligibility.
2012 Spring Schedule
Feb. 1 – vs. Chicago Fire (MLS) @ Ave Maria University - 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 – vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS) @ Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex Deltona, Fla. - 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 19 – vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS) @ IMG Academies Bradenton, Fla. - 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 25 – vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) @ FGCU - 7:00 p.m.
March 17 – vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) @ FGCU - 12:00 p.m.