Armada look to bounce back vs. Puerto Rico FC

Jacksonville to celebrate Puerto Rican heritage at Monday's match

Jacksonville defender Mechack Jerome and the rest of the Armada prepare to host Puerto Rico FC on Sunday at UNF's Hodges Stadium.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After dropping a 4-0 match at first place Miami FC, the Armada look to bounce back as they host Puerto Rico FC at 6 pm.m Monday at UNF's Hodges Stadium. The match was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was postponed due to lightning.

Jacksonville stands in fourth place in the North American Soccer League's spring season, just a point behind San Francisco and the New York Cosmos and eight points off the pace of Miami.

Jacksonville get's starting goalkeeper Caleb Petterson-Sewell back on Sunday. He missed the Miami match after a red card the previous game.

It's nice to have him back," said Armada captain Aaron Pitchkolan "I think he is excited to be back."

Jacksonville will face an aggressive Puerto Rico attack which has scored 17 goals, third most in the NASL, while taking the second most shots in the league. 

While the Armada have excelled defensively this season, Puerto Rico has conceded 23 goals, the most in the league. Re-igniting the attack will be a primary focus of the Armada on Sunday.

"All points are big right now," said midfielder J.C. Banks. "We dropped some crucial points the past couple of weeks. We need to make up some ground."

After Sunday's match, the Armada will host FC Edmonton the following Saturday, before a return trip to Puerto Rico on July 8. The club concludes the Spring Season on July 15 at Indy Eleven.

"Spirits are high, we are looking forward to get back at home," said Armada head coach Mark Lowry. "Puerto Rico has played very well the last few of games. We know they will be dangerous."



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