Rowdies, Tropics pay tribute to fallen soccer team

Local professional soccer teams Tampa Bay Rowdies and Florida Tropics SC went to social media today to honor the 76 people killed in a charter plane crash carrying Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense.

The Rowdies, which will play in the United Soccer League in 2017, wrote on Facebook that the team is by the side of all who are affected by the tragedy.

Lakeland's Florida Tropics SC, which plays in the Major Arena Soccer League, said that it "is a sad day in the soccer community across the globe."

Both teams used the hashtag #ForçaChapecoense in their posts, echoing the tributes streaming in from around the world.

Scappy underdogs Chapecoense was set to compete in the Copa Sudamerica final game against reigning champions Atletico Nacional in Medellin on Wednesday.

Their chartered plane, headed from Bolivia to Colombia, crashed into a hill Monday night after an electrical failure. 81 people, including plane crew, were on board the aircraft. Six people survived the crash, but one died shortly later, according to Colombia's civil aviation agency.

Atletico Nacional has asked the South American Football Confederation and tournament organizer Conmebol to declare Chapecoense as champions of the tournament following the tragic crash. If awarded, it would be the first major title for the team.

Conmebol has reportedly suspended all activities because of the crash.

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