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PREVIEW – Miami United FC vs. Armada FC

Jacksonville's rematch with Miami United FC set for Thursday night after 2-0 U.S. Open Cup loss.
Jun 13, 2018

Michael Card, ArmadaFC.com

 

WHEN & WHERE

Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. | Milander Park (Hialeah, Florida)

 

WATCH

Facebook.com/miamiunitedfc

 

LIVE UPDATES

Twitter.com/JaxArmadaFC  –#MUFCvJAX

 

THE TEAMS

Jacksonville Armada FC (3W-1D-1L, 10 pts., 1st NPSL Sunshine Conference in pts/match)

Miami United FC (4W-3D-1L, 15 pts., 2nd NPSL Sunshine Conference in pts/match)

 

CLUB QUICK LINKS

Jacksonville Armada FC: News | Roster | Schedule

Miami United FC: News | Roster | Schedule

 

SERIES HISTORY

1W-0D-1L – Including two U.S. Open Cup Matches

 

LAST ARMADA RESULT

Palm Beach United 4, Armada FC 2 RECAP

 

GETTING BACK TO WINNING

The Armada FC will travel to South Florida Thursday to play a match that was scheduled for May 27, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Thursday’s match will give Jacksonville the opportunity to bounce back from its first National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) loss Saturday on the road against Palm Beach United.

The two teams were scoreless through the first half, with the first goal coming by Palm Beach eight minutes into the second half. In the 65th minute, Armada FC midfielder Camilo Portilla crossed the ball in front of the net to Yuma, who put away Jacksonville’s first goal of the game. Palm Beach quickly recovered the lead two minutes later with a goal by Sebastian Andreassen. Jacksonville tied the match for the second time in the 79th minute on a header from Ciarán Kilduff assisted by Joshua Castellanos.

Jacksonville and Palm Beach were tied 2-2 late in the match, but Jacksonville gave up United’s game winner in the 84th minute and a fourth goal in stoppage time.

The Armada FC is still first in the NPSL Sunshine Conference in terms of points per match with 10 points through five matches played.

 

REVENGE

The last time the Armada FC and Miami United FC played each other was in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on May 23 at Jacksonville University’s Southern Oak Stadium. Miami shut out Jacksonville 2-0 to advance to the Fourth Round, but went on to lose 3-0 to Orlando City Wednesday.

 

MIAMI UNITED NPSL SUCCESS

Miami United FC’s success in the NPSL’s Sunshine Conference is nothing new. Miami finished at the top of the conference last year, and now sits in second place with 15 points after eight matches. A Miami win over Jacksonville would put them in first place, and a tie would keep them in a close second.

Miami’s last match resulted in a 1-1 NPSL tie against Boca Raton FC Saturday at home. Midfielder Tomas Grannito, who has been hot as of late, scored Miami’s lone goal.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

 

JOSHUA CASTELLANOS 

The 22-year-old Jacksonville native has had an impressive start to his debut season with the Armada FC. Castellanos had one goal and one assist in the Armada FC’s four Open Cup matches, and seems to be gaining more confidence with his increased playing time lately. He was aggressive Saturday and assisted an important 79th minute equalizer to Ciarán Kilduff before the Armada FC fell to Palm Beach United late in the match.

 

TOMAS GRANITTO

Miami United FC midfielder Tomas Granitto stung the Armada FC with an impressive upper-90 shot from 25 yards out in the May 23 Open Cup match. Granitto was able to find the back of the net for the fifth time this year Saturday against Boca Raton FC to force a tie and help his club pick up a point in the NPSL standings. The Armada FC defense will have to keep a close eye on the long-ball striker with the absence of defender Drew Beckie, who transferred to the OKC Energy FC Thursday.

 

LOOKING FORWARD

Jacksonville returns to Hodges Stadium on Sunday, June 17 to host Boca Raton FC. Tickets are on sale now on JacksonvilleArmada.com and in-store at the Jacksonville Armada FC store. As a special Father’s Day promotion, fans can receive a Nike Dri-FIT with any purchase of tickets to June 17 in-store. There is a limit of one shirt per person.