NASL: Armada Opens Home Schedule with Coastal Cup Battle Against Miami

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The long wait for the North American Soccer League regular season to return to Jacksonville will end at 7 p.m. tonight when the Jacksonville Armada hosts expansion side Miami FC at Community First Park in a Coastal Cup battle.

Jacksonville is coming off a tough 2-0 season-opening loss at the NASL defending champions New York Cosmos last Sunday despite looking like the better squad in the first 29 minutes.

 A Jairo Arrietta goal off a Juan Arango assist turned the tide, however, in the 29th minute to give the home side momentum. The Cosmos went on to add an extra cushion in the 55th minute when midfielder Adam Moffat found the back of the net.

The Armada was not able to capitalize on its 10-0 advantage in corner kick opportunities and held a 68.2-31.8 percentage advantage in aerial duels.

Miami FC has gotten off to a solid start, tallying two straight draws with the most recent result coming the form of a 1-1 knot with in-state foes, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, last Saturday in Miami's home opener. Miami FC took the lead on a 17th minute Dario Cvitanich goal but was not able to retake it after an 85th minute score from Tampa Bay's Georgi Hristov.

Miami drew 1-1 with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on April 2 in a similar storyline where it lost the lead on a late goal.

If the Armada can put three points on the board Friday night, it can not only move up to the middle of the table but also move to the top of the Coastal Cup standings. Miami FC currently leads the standings with two points.

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