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PREVIEW | Armada FC Seeks Revenge in Florida Rivalry Match

Jacksonville looks to gain ground on Miami FC in the standings on Saturday.
Jun 16, 2017

WHEN & WHERE

Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. EST | Riccardo Silva Stadium (FIU)

 

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Jacksonville Armada FC: News | Roster | Schedule

Miami FC: News | Roster | Schedule

 

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With just five weeks remaining in the 2017 NASL Spring Season, every match matters. After a tough loss at home two weeks ago, the Armada FC (5W-4D-2L, 19 pts, 2nd NASL Spring) is hungry for three points against Miami FC (7W-3D-1L, 24 pts, 1st NASL Spring) as it travels to South Florida for the final meeting between these two teams this season.

The Armada FC has started to pick up momentum again after breaking another franchise record with four goals against Indy Eleven. It did not take Jacksonville long to find the back of the net Saturday. In the 4th minute, Jack Blake got the rebound on his penalty kick and put the ball past Jon Busch to give the Armada FC an early lead. Late in the first half, J.C. Banks put the club back on top with his first goal in eight games. Shortly after the start of the second half, Banks got the brace as he scored in the 50th minute. Derek Gebhard closed out the night with his second goal of the season, giving the Armada FC the 4-1 win.

Miami FC made it 10 consecutive matches without a loss Saturday against FC Edmonton. The win didn’t come easy as the club finally broke through in the 80th minute courtesy of Vincenzo Rennella’s sprint to the net. The road victory kept Miami FC’s five-point advantage over the Armada FC in the standings.

Miami is also coming off a 3-1 victory in the US Open Cup Fifth Round match against MLS side Orlando City SC. The club has now won nine of its last 11 matches in all competitions.

The stakes will be high as Jacksonville looks to pull within two points of the top spot of the table. The club has found success on the road, although the Boys in Blue have never won on the road against Miami FC.

Tune in Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. EST as the Armada FC looks to sweep its road trip and earn another crucial three points at Riccardo Silva Stadium.

 

SERIES HISTORY

Series is tied at 2-0-2

 

LAST RESULT

Armada FC 0, Miami FC 1 – 6/3/17 | RECAP

 

POTENT NOTABLES

  • Miami is looking for its twelfth consecutive match without a loss. The last loss came against the New York Cosmos in Miami on April 8.
  • Miami has never lost to Jacksonville at home, but this is only the second time the clubs will meet in Miami.
  • Jacksonville goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell is suspended for this match after a red card in Indianapolis, making this the first NASL start for goalkeeper Kyle Nasta.
  • Jacksonville aquired goalkeeper Matt Perrella from New Jersey Copa FC on a short term loan to assist in this match.
  • Miami sits five points with +3 goal differential above second-place Jacksonville.
  • Kevan George returns from international duty after playing in the World Cup qualifying match for Trinidad and Tobago against the USMNT on June 8.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

0.8 – The average number of goals conceded by the Armada FC this season

3 ­– NASL road matches won by Jacksonville this season, two wins at home

5 – The total number of clean sheets for Daniel Vega (MIA) this season, league lead

28 – The total number of shots by Vincenzo Rennella (MIA) this season, league lead

738 – The total number of passes by Mechack Jerome (JAX) this season, league lead

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Jacksonville returns home to host Puerto Rico FC as the Armada FC is proud to present Puerto Rican Heritage Night on Sunday, June 25 at 6 p.m. at Hodges Stadium.