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Armada FC Announce Prestigious International Friendly Match Against World-Famous Argentinian Club Boca Juniors

Jun 12, 2015

Armada FC Public Relations | June 12, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Armada FC will host their first-ever international friendly match at EverBank Field at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 against world-renowned Argentinian soccer club Boca Juniors.

The match, which will be broadcast locally on CW17, will also be shown to a potential TV audience of 20 million Boca Juniors fans throughout South America by Boca Juniors’ television partners as well as internationally and on the North American Soccer League and Armada FC web streams. The clubs will play for the International Community Cup, presented by Community First Credit Union.

“We are thrilled and excited to be able to announce this match with a team of Boca Juniors’ caliber and history,” said Armada FC owner and CEO Mark Frisch. “This will not only be a great opportunity for Jacksonville fans to see our Armada matched up against one of the best club teams in the world but also a significant opportunity for us to showcase our beautiful city to millions around the world through the television broadcast.”

Tickets for the prestigious matchup, co-produced by Onside Entertainment, will start at $14 per seat and are available beginning today by contacting the Armada FC ticket office at 1-844-2-Armada and on the Armada FC website at armadafc.com.

Current Armada FC season ticket owners and fans who purchase the Armada FC’s Fall Season ticket package will receive entry to the Boca Juniors friendly as part of their season ticket package. The Fall Season package, starting at $99 per seat, also includes 10 NASL Fall Season matches.

The Boca Juniors match will also be available as part of a Summer Triple-Pack mini-plan offering that will include the Armada’s first two home matches of the NASL Fall Season at Community First Park at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville against the New York Cosmos on Saturday, July 18 and Minnesota United FC on Friday, July 31. The Summer Triple-Pack starts at $36.

The Armada FC have a strong Argentinian connection with Boca in head coach Guillermo Hoyos, who played for Boca Juniors from 1986-1989. With six Argentinian players on the Armada squad – Marcos Flores, Bochy Hoyos, Fabricio Ortiz, Lucas Rodriguez, Lucas Scaglia and Lucas Trejo – the friendly international presents an ideal fit for the Armada’s mid-season international matchup.

Boca Juniors currently sits second in Argentina’s Primera División at the midway point of the 2015 season, one point behind San Lorenzo with a game in hand. The club’s star players include Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro and the striker Daniel Osvaldo, known as “El Loco,” who has teamed up in the attack with a slew of world-class strikers including Cristián Chávez, Juan Manuel Martinez and Jonathan Calleri. Boca Juniors is also the most popular soccer club in Argentina, with its fan base comprised of approximately 40 percent of the total population of the country. The club currently has more than 7 million followers on Facebook.

Under head coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena, a former member of the Argentina national team and Boca left back who took the Boca reigns in 2014, Juniors play a similar possession-oriented, attack-minded style of soccer as the Armada, which should make for a thrilling encounter. Both clubs also share a similar uniform color scheme in blue and gold.

The teams will use the match as a warm-up to the second half of their current seasons in the Argentinian Primera League and NASL, which both begin in July.

Armada FC Home Friendly International and Fall Season Schedule

Sat, June 27 8 p.m.  Boca Juniors EverBank Field  (International Friendly)
NASL Fall Season      
Sat., July 18 7:30 p.m. New York Cosmos Community First Park
Fri., July 31 7:30 p.m. Minnesota United FC Community First Park
Wed., Aug. 12 7:30 p.m. Carolina RailHawks Community First Park
Sat., Aug. 15 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Silverbacks Community First Park
Sat., Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Scorpions Community First Park
Sat., Sept. 26 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Rowdies Community First Park
Sat., Oct. 3 7:30 p.m. Indy Eleven Community First Park
Sat., Oct. 17 7:30 p.m. FC Edmonton Community First Park
Wed., Oct. 21 7:30 p.m. Ottawa Fury FC Community First Park
Sun., Nov. 1 4 p.m. Fort Lauderdale Strikers Community First Park

About Club Atlético Boca Juniors

Club Atlético Boca Juniors are one of the world’s best-known soccer clubs and arguably the most successful club team in South America. Based in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the club was formed on April 3, 1905. It has played in Argentina’s Primera División since being promoted in 1913.

Although many activities are hosted by the club, Boca Juniors is best-known for its professional soccer team and is the most successful club team in Argentina, having won 63 official titles to date, including 30 Primera División championships and 11 domestic cups. The team has also won 18 international titles recognized by FIFA, tied second in the world with A.C. Milan and Real Madrid C.F., and behind Al Ahly SC with 20 international titles. Boca Juniors is also one of only eight teams to have won CONMEBOL's treble (the others being Olimpia, São Paulo, Independiente, Vélez Sársfield, Cruzeiro, Internacional and LDU Quito).