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Armada FC to Wear Throwback Jacksonville Tea Men Kits on Sept. 26 in Honor of Rich Soccer Tradition in Northeast Florida

Sep 3, 2015

Armada FC Public Relations | Sept. 3, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Community First Park will throw back to Jacksonville's storied soccer past at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, when the Jacksonville Armada FC host a tribute to their North American Soccer League predecessors, the Jacksonville Tea Men, during the club’s next home match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

As part of a night of celebration in honor of the Tea Men, the Armada will don the Tea Men’s distinctive red and tangerine uniforms as they take on the Rowdies. Former players, coaches and administrators will also be invited to take part in the celebration and will be honored on the pitch prior to kickoff.

Krieg will be invited to raise a Tea Men flag as part of the pre-match build-up and former players will be invited to take part in the coin toss. Video excerpts from Tea Men matches in the 1980’s will also be shown on video boards and TV monitors throughout the match. To help commemorate the evening, Winn-Dixie is giving away Tea Men-inspired scarves to the first 2,000 fans to arrive at the game.

A popular fixture at the old Gator Bowl when they moved to the First Coast in 1980, the Tea Men provided many memorable nights of professional soccer for fans as part of the original North American Soccer League, and the Armada wanted to honor the club that sparked the beginning of soccer's growth in Northeast Florida. They were also Jacksonville’s first full major league-level franchise in the city.

"We’re looking forward to a very memorable night for every soccer fan in Northeast Florida," said Armada FC President Steve Livingstone. "We are really excited and thrilled to be honoring Jacksonville's original professional team by wearing their kits and involving them in our match festivities. The First Coast has a very rich soccer history, and the foundation soccer’s success now can be attributed directly to the Tea Men and the influence they had in pioneering the start-up of youth soccer clubs, such as Clay County Soccer Club, in our area."

The night of nostalgia will also have a little Latin flair as the Armada will also be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with pre-match entertainment provided by Ritmo y Sabor from 5-7 p.m. at the Armada Matchday Experience that also includes family-friendly festivities such as interactive inflatables, games and tasty food and drinks.

Tickets to the match start at $12 and can be purchased now by calling 1.844.2.Armada or visiting armadafc.com.

About the Jacksonville Armada FC

The Jacksonville Armada FC is Northeast Florida's newest professional sports team and a member of the North American Soccer League. The club has set NASL pre-season and regular season attendance records with matches against MLS side Philadelphia Union and NASL side FC Edmonton. The NASL member teams are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, Ottawa Fury FC, San Antonio Scorpions FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. Miami FC and Puerto Rico will begin play in 2016. For more information about the Armada FC, visit www.ArmadaFC.com.  Follow the Armada FC on Twitter @ JaxArmadaFC and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JaxArmadaFC. For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com . Follow the NASL on Twitter @NASLOfficial and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NASLfans. Fans can watch every game live at www.NASLlive.com.

About the Jacksonville Tea Men

The Jacksonville Tea Men played a total of four seasons in Jacksonville, first in the major league-level North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1980–1982, then in the lower level American Soccer League and United Soccer League from 1982–1984. The NASL incarnation of the club was Jacksonville's first professional soccer team, and the first major league-level sport franchise ever based in the city. The team originated as the New England Tea Men, based in Foxborough, Massachusetts, retaining their Boston Tea Party-themed name after moving to Jacksonville. They played both outdoor and indoor soccer, with the Gator Bowl Stadium and the Jacksonville Coliseum serving as their home fields.