Jacksonville Armada FC (0W-1D-0L) travels to Puerto Rico FC for the third meeting this season and the team’s first road match of the NASL fall season. Both clubs have finished with draws in the last two matchups. Jacksonville comes off a 1-1 home draw Sunday with the San Francisco Deltas. Puerto Rico (0W-1D-0L) opened the fall campaign with a draw by the same score at North Carolina FC.
Jacksonville looks for its first road win since a June 10 victory at Indy Eleven. And the Armada has never lost to Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, PRFC has lost four of its last six home matches at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel. Saturday’s match kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
- In the two other matches against Puerto Rico during the spring season, both ended in draws with just two goals scored. Additionally, the two matches were played over a span of five days. The July 8 match in Puerto Rico may go down as the dullest, least inspired matches by either side in Armada history. The 1-1 draw July 12 had Jacksonville snag one point as Derek Gebhard found the back of the net in stoppage time. Both sides ran 4-3-2-1 formations in the first two go-arounds.
- The Armada placed two players on the NASL Team of the Week, announced by the league Wednesday. Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell and defender Mechack Jerome were one of three teams represented by two or more players this week on the All XI. Much of the 3:27 of highlights from July 30 has Patterson-Sewell, who was Jax’s Man of the Match, making plays and yelling out commands to his back four. Jerome leads the NASL with 80 clearances this season.
- Jacksonville will host Puerto Rico for its next match at Hodges Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Remember that Armada matches can be viewed on Channel 4 locally (WJXT) and hear the action on Planet FM 97.3 and Rumba FM 106.9. Live Twitter updates can be found @ArmadaFCgameday and #PRFCvJax.
4. Forwards Brian Shriver and Tony Taylor are looking for their first action in an Armada kit. Ciaran Kilduff will not be available for Saturday’s match. Shriver was a substitute for Charles Eloundou in the 66th minute versus San Fran.
5. Jacksonville has scored nine goals between the 16th and 30th minute of matches this season. That’s the most for any NASL squad. The Armada has allowed the second-fewest goals (17), behind only Miami FC. Worth noting that Puerto Rico FC has given up 29 goals – the most in the league.