JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Armada FC returns to Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville on Friday after claiming three points against FC Edmonton one week ago. The Armada FC is preparing to clash with North Carolina FC.
With only four matches remaining in the NASL Fall Season, the playoff race continues to heat up as the Armada FC sits just one place out of a position in the Championship Semifinals in the Combined Standings. The team is now tied with the New York Cosmos in points at 37, but remains one spot out of playoff contention due to a one-goal differential.
Both teams are coming off 1-0 victories last week. Jacksonville traveled north and defeated FC Edmonton while North Carolina took care of Puerto Rico at home. Ciarán Kilduff notched his fourth goal of the Fall Season in the 68th minute for the Armada FC victory and North Carolina found their winning goal in the first half by Steven Miller, his fourth for his team this year.
Jacksonville came out firing in the first half the last time these two teams clashed on Aug. 12. North Carolina hosted the Armada FC and they played to a 2-2 draw. A quick goal from Tony Taylor in the 3rd minute was followed by a converted penalty from Jack Blake in the 18th minute to put Jacksonville ahead. Andre Fortune answered for North Carolina just before halftime to get the home team on the board and then Lance Laing equalized the game in the 68th minute.