Published: Jan 04, 2013 5:03 PM EST
Updated: Jan 04, 2013 5:57 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral soccer team has reached its goal of becoming nationally known! The Cape Coral Hurricanes will kick off its season this spring.

Many hope this will put Lee County's biggest city in the sports spotlight. But the team wouldn't be here without the perseverance of one soccer fan.

Youth soccer is big in southwest Florida. But JP Terrasi has taken it to the next level, all from an idea he had a few years ago, while watching the World Cup from the hospital.

He launched the Cape Coral Hurricanes, which recently joined the National Premier Soccer League, as a 4th Division Team."That means there are only three levels, the next level is Pro. That means they are paid professionals, this is the top amateur league in the whole country," Terrasi said. 

The team's official jersey is still a work in progress, and should be ready within the next couple of weeks. 

Terrasi says the team will put Cape Coral on the map, as players kick-off against some big names. "We'll be playing the Atlanta Silverbacks, the Georgia Revolution, which is one of the entries in the US Open Cup this year," he said.

Led by Ave Maria head soccer coach Joe Zakowicz, the team will also battle others in Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa. Cape Coral will host those teams and their fans.

"Our name will be on their promotional material, it will be on their websites, and their posters," Terrasi said.

A "goal" for the community, and proof that one man's dream can become a reality.

Their season will run from April to July. The team will be hosting try-outs in a few weeks that are gaining interest internationally.

For more information, visit the team's website at


Cape Coral Hurricanes NPSL Tryouts (Adult Men’s team)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – January 25th – 27th, 2013

Friday from 6pm-9pm; Saturday from 9am–6pm; Sunday from 9am–2pm

Jim Jeffers Park (2817 SW 3rd Lane, Cape Coral, FL 33991)

$125 if registered BEFORE January 18th at 5pm

$150 AFTER January 18th at 5pm through January 23rd

$175 AFTER January 23rd and up to the start of tryouts