Jacksonville Armada FC

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Jacksonville Armada FC
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Full name Jacksonville Armada
Football Club
Founded 2013 (1st played 2015)
Stadium Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida
Ground Capacity 11,000
Owner Mark Frisch
President Steve Livingstone
Head Coach José Luis Villarreal
League North American Soccer League
Website Club home page
Current season

Jacksonville Armada FC are a professional soccer team based in Jacksonville, Florida. They play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), Division II in the American soccer pyramid, which they joined for the 2015 season. The Armada play their home games at Community First Park at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in Downtown Jacksonville.[1]

History[edit]

In May 2013, Jacksonville businessman Mark Frisch and former Major League Soccer player Darío Sala formed Sunshine Soccer Group with the intention of bringing professional soccer to Jacksonville. The effort was bolstered by several successful soccer matches held at EverBank Field, including two national team games that set records for international friendlies. The North American Soccer League invited the group to present a bid for a 2015 expansion team at their July 25, 2013 board meeting. The bid was accepted, and the NASL announced that Jacksonville and Oklahoma City FC would receive franchises for the 2015 season.[2][3][3][4]

The team began playing in the 2015 NASL Spring season.[3] After a few pre-season games in February and March, the club played its first league game, at home, on Saturday April 4, 2015, defeating FC Edmonton by a score of 3–1. The organization has announced that Sala will serve as general manager,[5] and former NFL Europe and Jacksonville Jaguars executive Steve Livingstone will serve as President.[6] On February 18, 2014, the team announced its name would be Jacksonville Armada FC, and that its colors would be navy blue, royal blue, gold, and white.[7] On June 11, 2014, the team announced it had hired former Argentine player José Luis Villarreal as its first head coach.[8]

Stadium[edit]

On July 11, 2014, the Armada announced they would play their home games in downtown at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville for at least three seasons. They hope to later construct their own expandable soccer-specific stadium.[9][10]

The team has also played games in EverBank Field, including their first exhibition game vs the Philadelphia Union, which set a modern-era NASL record for preseason attendance (13,934).[11] It was also the site for their first regular season game, which was a 3–1 victory over FC Edmonton. That game set the modern era NASL record for regular season attendance (16,164).[12]

Club Culture[edit]

Coastal Cup[edit]

The Coastal Cup (est. 2010) originally was contested between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies, but with Jacksonville's entry into the league, the competition has become triangular.[13] The league has announced that beginning in the 2016 season a new Miami FC team will join the NASL.[14] This addition would make the Coastal Cup a four team affair.

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

as of May 1, 2015

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Gallardo, MiguelMiguel Gallardo      Mexico
2 Defender Gafa, JordanJordan Gafa      United States
3 Defender Trejo, LucasLucas Trejo      Argentina
5 Defender Hrustic, NurdinNurdin Hrustic      Bosnia and Herzegovina
6 Defender Ortiz, FabricioFabricio Ortiz      Argentina
7 Midfielder Rodríguez, LucasLucas Rodríguez      Argentina
8 Midfielder Hoyos, BochyBochy Hoyos      Argentina
9 Midfielder Flores, MarcosMarcos Flores      Argentina
10 Forward Keita, AlAl Keita      Guinea
11 Forward Johnson, JemalJemal Johnson      England
12 Goalkeeper Sierra, DavidDavid Sierra      Spain
13 Defender Bahner, MattMatt Bahner      United States
14 Midfielder Millien, PascalPascal Millien      Haiti
15 Defender Nicklaw, ShawnShawn Nicklaw      Guam
16 Midfielder Scaglia, LucasLucas Scaglia      Argentina
17 Midfielder Perea, NicolásNicolás Perea      Colombia
18 Forward Krizanovic, TommyTommy Krizanovic      Croatia
19 Midfielder Zaldana, NicoNico Zaldana      United States
20 Defender Toby, JosephJoseph Toby      Sierra Leone
21 Midfielder Safi, RamakRamak Safi      Iran
22 Goalkeeper Evers, SebastianSebastian Evers      United States
23 Forward Castrillón, JaimeJaime Castrillón      Colombia
24 Forward Roserie, ChaimChaim Roserie      Canada
25 Forward Williams, TylerTyler Williams      United States
26 Forward Barrett, AkeilAkeil Barrett      Jamaica

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community First secures title sponsor of Armada soccer pitch". http://www.bizjournals.com/. Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ Freeman, Clayton (July 25, 2013). "Jacksonville awarded NASL team to begin play in 2015". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "NASL Board of Governors Unanimously Approves Expansion To Jacksonville And Oklahoma City". North American Soccer League. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pro soccer coming to Jacksonville". Action News Jax. July 25, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Matt Soergel (September 9, 2013). "Jacksonville's new pro soccer team has big plans, much work to do". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ Pepper, Cole (October 8, 2013). "Jaguars Steve Livingstone To Head New Jax Pro Soccer Team". news.wjct.org. WJCT. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ Soergel, Matt (February 18, 2014). "Jacksonville soccer team to be called the Jacksonville Armada FC". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved February 19, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Villarreal named first head coach of Armada FC". Financial News & Daily Record. June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "ARMADA FC 2015 SEASON TICKETS GO ON SALE STARTING AT JUST $10 PER MATCH". Jacksonville Armada FC. July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Soccer fans! Jacksonville Armada FC to play Baseball Grounds". The Florida Times-Union. July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Armada FC sets preseason attendance record in 3–1 win over Union". Jacksonville Armada FC. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "FT | Armada FC 3, Eddies 1". North American Soccer League. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Rowdies NASL: NASL Releases 2015 Fall Season Schedule". rowdiessoccer.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  14. ^ "MIAMI FC BECOMES 12TH NASL CLUB". NASL.com. May 20, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 

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