Category Jacksonville Armada

Jacksonville Armada under new Florida-based ownership

Florida native Robert Palmer, a successful entrepreneur whose company portfolio includes RP Funding and, has purchased North American Soccer League (NASL) club Jacksonville Armada FC, the league announced on Tuesday. “I am delighted to present Robert Palmer as the new owner of Jacksonville Armada FC,” said NASL Interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal. “He has tremendous […]

US Soccer “war” temporary truce – how it impacts Florida

Five of Florida’s six men’s pro soccer clubs were impacted directly by the ongoing United States Soccer Federation (USSF) sanctioning saga at the lower division level the past three months. In the end the North American Soccer League (NASL) the long-standing USSF-sanctioned Division 2 has lost full sanctioning and now is a provisionally sanctioned D2, […]

NASL announces season schedule for four Florida-based teams – lots of questions around the teams

The second-division North American Soccer League (NASL) has been rocked by an offseason of tumult – both the Atlanta Silverbacks and San Antonio Scorpions have suspended operations, even though some NASL fans hold out the hope that the Scorpions could return in another market. NASL has added a team in Oklahoma City, associated with left-wing […]

Tony Meola will hit ground running in Jacksonville

As expected the Jacksonville Armada FC named former US Men’s National Team standout and MLS MVP Tony Meola as the club’s Head Coach on Tuesday. Meola addressed several issues with the national media after his appointment was made official. The former standout Goalkeeper has assisted with the US Youth National Team program, co-hosted a daily […]

Jacksonville Armada FC will name Tony Meola Head Coach tomorrow: Staff already being built

The Jacksonville Armada coming off a very successful first season off the field will name former US Men’s National Team Goalkeeper Tony Meola, who won MLS Cup with Kansas City in 2000 as the club’s new Head Coach on Tuesday in an event at the River Club. Meola has already begun reaching out to potential […]

Jacksonville Armada FC first season in the books

My piece for World Soccer Talk on the Jacksonville Armada’s first season was published today. The Armada did an outstanding job of marketing the club and forging community partnerships, but the playing side of the team was a disaster. The naive approach the club took toward building a competitive squad in NASL rightly led to […]

Fort Lauderdale win in Jacksonville eliminates Tampa Bay from the postseason

The Jacksonville Armada FC has been an off-the-field model of how to launch an expansion club in NASL. From superior marketing to outstanding market-wide branding the Armada have been a hit. However, on-the-field the squad has lagged behind in-state NASL rivals Tampa Bay and Fort Lauderdale both of whom entered the final weekend of the […]

All four Florida pro soccer teams remain in postseason contention

Friday night in front of over 43,000 fans at the Citrus Bowl, Orlando City remained in contention to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Lions 2-1 victory over fellow first year MLS side New York City FC gives the Orlando a shot, albeit a remote one of joining eleven other sides in the postseason. […]