Armada FC Inks Former Tampa Bay Rowdies Defender Gafa

The Jacksonville Armada FC has announced the addition of defender Jordan Gafa as the latest player to join the Armada FC lineup.

Gafa should be familiar with the Florida climate after spending the past two seasons with North American Soccer League outfit Tampa Bay Rowdies. He came to Jacksonville as a trialist in January and earned the starting nod in the Armada FC's March 8 match against the Charleston Battery.

"Jordan brings a lot of upside to our team," said Armada FC general manager Dario Sala. "We feel like he gives us the quality depth we are looking for at that position."

A 24-year-old native of San Diego, Calif., Gafa made 14 total appearances with the Rowdies in 2013 and 2014. Before beginning his professional career in the NASL, Gafa played with prolific college program University of North Carolina from 2008-12, where he starred on three-straight NCAA Division I College Cup teams in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he helped lead the Tar Heels to an NCAA Division I National Championship.

The Armada FC will launch back into action when they travel south to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to take on NASL foe Fort Lauderdale Strikers at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at Lockhart Stadium.

Tickets are available by calling the Armada ticket office at 1-844-2-ARMADA or visiting

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