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PREVIEW | Armada FC Hosts Puerto Rico FC in Final Home Match

Jacksonville shoots for second place in Spring Season in rematch.
Jul 11, 2017

WHEN & WHERE

Wednesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. EST | Hodges Stadium (University of North Florida)

 

PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE NIGHT

The club will also be celebrating Puerto Rican Heritage Night with free parking, food, music, and more. Fans are encouraged to bring Puerto Rican instruments to join the party. For more information about the match or to buy tickets, visit ArmadaFC.com or call 844-227-6232.

 

CLUB QUICK LINKS

Jacksonville Armada FC: News | Roster | Schedule

Puerto Rico FC: News | Roster | Schedule

 

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After a draw in Puerto Rico, the Jacksonville Armada FC (6W-5D-3L, 23 pts, 3rd place NASL Spring) returns home to face Puerto Rico FC (1W-5D-8L, 8 pts, 8th place NASL Spring) Wednesday for Puerto Rican Heritage Night.

Saturday’s match was the first this season between the two clubs, which created a level of unknown at kickoff. As the match wore on, both squads became more aggressive with the ball. Armada FC’s J.C. Banks had the first shot of the match for the Armada FC, resulting in a save by Trevor Spangenberg. The whistle blew for halftime and the scoreboard remained empty.

Puerto Rico emerged in the second half determined to keep the Armada FC from keeping its championship hopes alive. Derek Gebhard’s header in the 48th minute almost gave the Armada FC a lead, but the ball sailed over the net. A few minutes later, a cross from Puerto Rico’s Walter Ramírez was punched away by an alert Caleb Patterson-Sewell and cleared from the box.

With just minutes remaining in the match with a chance to stay alive in the championship hunt, Armada FC Captain Aaron Pitchkolan found the back of the net. The celebration was short-lived though, as the referee whistled a foul on Derek Gebhard and the goal was not recorded.

Despite receiving one point on Saturday, the Armada FC has been officially eliminated from the Spring Season championship contention. The Miami FC dominated the San Francisco Deltas, 7-0, Saturday to secure the Spring title and its place in the playoffs.

The Armada FC looks for three points against Puerto Rico FC Wednesday at Hodges Stadium. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will be televised locally on This TV Jacksonville and nationally on ESPN3.

 

SERIES HISTORY

Jacksonville leads, 1W-2D-0L

 

LAST RESULT

Armada FC 0, PRFC 0 – 7/8/17 | RECAP

 

NOTABLES

  • This match was originally scheduled for June 25, but was postponed for inclement weather.
  • Jacksonville is looking for its third consecutive clean sheet for the second time this season.
  • Jacksonville has never lost to Puerto Rico FC at home.
  • Jacksonville can set a record for home wins in a season with a victory on Wednesday.
  • Puerto Rico is searching for its first win on the road this season.
  • Puerto Rico has only been shut out once on the road this season.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

9 – Goals allowed by Caleb Patterson-Sewell in 13 matches this season

10 – Goals scored by Puerto Rico on the road this season

16 – Total shots by Zach Steinberger this season, team high

25 – Goals conceded by Puerto Rico this season, most in the league

83.1 – The passing accuracy percentage of the Armada FC this season

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Armada FC wraps up the Spring Season Saturday night in Indianapolis against Indy Eleven. While there won’t be any championship implications, the Armada FC will look to end the season with three points. The Fall Season is slated to begin for the club on July 30 at 6 p.m. in Jacksonville against the San Francisco Deltas.