VSI Tampa Bay FC kicks off preseason this month against BK Hacken on February 23rd at the IMG Academy.
The 2013 Inaugural preseason for VSI Tampa Bay FC is set to start February 18th. The players look to settle in quickly, learn Head Coach Weston's system and face off against Swedish team BK Hacken all within the first week of preseason. After BK Hacken VSI will take on four local universities throughout the month of March before entering into regular season matches.
"We are looking forward to getting started on Feb 18th. We have invited several players into camp to try and earn a place on our roster and with BK Hacken coming first up in pre-season on Feb 23rd this will be a great chance for players fighting for a roster spot to show their worth against top quality competition from Europe," said Head Coach Matt Weston.
After the BK Hacken match VSI Tampa Bay FC will enter into a series of four games against local univerisities where some of VSI's current players formerly played. VSI will open its college series at Florida Gulf Coast University on March 1 at 6pm.
VSI Tampa Bay FC will then head to the University of Tampa Thursday March 7 at 7pm and then Rollins college Friday March 15 for a 7pm kickoff. VSI Tampa Bay FC will end their preseason tour at the University of South Florida on Saturday March 23 at 7pm where former Bulls Sebastien Thuriere, Christian Silva and Shawn Chin will face their alma mater in Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Weston further said, "We are also excited about starting our relationships with quality colleges in the area with pre-season games on the calender against Rollins, Florida Gulf Coast, University of Tampa and USF. This is so important for the future of VSI as these relationships can allow players the stepping stones they need in their soccer career's as well as a way to work side by side during the summer months with our PDL and Super 20 teams. We are in great shape to build up to our first USL Pro game set for March 30th in Phoenix".
February 23 V BK Hacken (12pm) at IMG
March 1st V FGCU (6pm) at FGCU
March 7th V UT (7pm) at University of Tampa
March 15th V Rollins (7pm) at Rollins College
March 23rd V USF (7pm) at University of South Florida
Don't forget to catch all the action this season!
14 REGULAR SEASON HOME MATCHES
Saturday April 13 7:30pm vs Rochester Rhinos
Sunday April 21 6:30pm vs Los Angeles Blues
Friday April 26 8:00pm vs Dayton Dutch Lions
Friday May 3 8:00pm vs Antigua Barracuda FC
Friday May 24 7:30pm vs Wilmington Hammerheads
Saturday June 1 7:30pm vs Portland Timbers Reserves
Friday June 7 7:30pm vs Antigua Barracuda FC
Sunday June 9 7:00pm vs Phoenix FC Wolves
Friday June 28 7:35pm vs Richmond Kickers
Saturday July 13 7:30pm vs Charleston Battery
Friday July 19 7:30pm vs Harrisburg city Islanders
Friday August 2 7:30pm vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Sunday August 4 7:00pm vs Orlando City
Friday August 16 7:30pm vs Charlotte Eagles
Tickets for all regular season home matches will be available soon. Special thanks to USave and West Coast Van Rentals for making preseason travel possible!