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Armada Will Now Face Charleston Battery in U.S. Open Cup Third Round

May 19, 2016

Armada FC Public Relations | May 19, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Armada will now face the United Soccer League's Charleston Battery in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 at Southern Oak Stadium on the campus of Jacksonville University.

Armada FC season ticket members are given first priority to claim tickets to the match, which will be a bonus match in their 2016 plan. Any unclaimed tickets will be available for $10 next Wednesday, May 25.

For information on U.S. Open Cup third round tickets, call 1.844.2.ARMADA.

Following a protest from the Battery and a review by the U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday evening The Villages SC was disqualified from the tournament for using an ineligible player.

The Villages, an amateur Premier Development League club in The Villages, Fla., upset the Battery 4-2 on penalty kicks after drawing 2-2 on Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C. The player in question, Paulo Vaz, had played for Boca Raton FC in the qualifying rounds, which made him ineligible to play in later rounds in the same competition year.

The Battery and Armada are no strangers of each other, facing off in three preseason contests. Charleston came out on top of two friendlies last year, defeating the Armada, 1-0, on Feb. 18, 2015, in Charleston, and winning a 2-0 contest on March 8, 2015, in Jacksonville. This season, the two sides played to a scoreless draw on March 5 in Jacksonville. The Battery is currently 4W-3D-2L in USL play.

In its 103rd edition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an annual knockout competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer and recognized as U.S. Soccer's national club championship.