The Cape Coral Hurricanes kick off their second full season in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in a few short months.
The league operates in the fourth division of U.S. Soccer and for the past three years have worked to put Lee County's largest city in the sports spotlight.
They will conduct the first of two open tryouts next weekend and team officials say they already have received inquiries internationally. The Hurricanes will continue to feature the majority of its players locally.
Tryouts are open to anyone over the age of 16 currently holding amateur status.
The first tryout is Jan. 25-26 at Jim Jeffers Park. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The tryout runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday.
The second tryout is Feb. 1-2 at Kelly Road Park in Fort Myers. Registration starts at 2 p.m. The tryout runs 3-9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday.
Led by coach Roy Hill, the Hurricanes will engage other college, professional and amateur teams throughout the season starting in March. They play a home-and-away schedule against the NPSL Sunshine Conference teams along with a series of preseason contests, including some very big names. The Hurricanes also sill continue their exhibition competitions with the Gulf Coast Cup and Everglades Cup series. Hill suggested the team will be improved over last year.
"Our players will have an incredible opportunity to play against top quality teams," Hill said. "We'll be playing the Jacksonville United team, which won the Sunshine Conference last season and won the NPSL National Title in 2011, while also playing returning teams from Tampa and Miami as well as new teams from Fort Lauderdale and Puerto Rico."
The Hurricanes season runs April through mid-August with exhibition games in March. The schedule will be released in the next week or two.