JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With a week of rest behind them, the Jacksonville Armada FC will return to action at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla., to take on intrastate rival Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium.
The Armada FC, playing its second consecutive road contest, will try to get back in the winning swing after falling 2-1 to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on April 11 in Fort Lauderdale. Bochy Hoyos scored Jacksonville's goal in what was an intense battle that saw a combined 32 fouls, four yellow cards and two red cards.
The Rowdies are coming off a 2-0 loss to the New York Cosmos in New York last Saturday despite a few scoring chances. Tampa Bay committed 23 fouls and received four yellow cards in the contest.
It will be the second contest of the 2015 Coastal Cup competition, a trophy awarded to the best soccer team in regular season play among the Armada FC, Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies. First contested in 2010, the Rowdies won the first four trophies, but the Strikers won the competition in 2014. Fort Lauderdale is currently in first place with its win over Jacksonville.