Armada FC Advances to the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup

The Jacksonville Armada FC Stay Undefeated on the Road beating Miami United FC 2-1

Wednesday was a heated night in South Florida, but the Jacksonville Armada FC came out on top, 1-2, to knock Miami United FC out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Armada FC will move on to play the Charleston Battery (USL) in Jacksonville on May 31.

A total of nine yellow cards were handed out, with four given to the Armada FC.

“It was a heated, highly intense game today against a very motivated opponent,” said Armada FC head coach Mark Lowry. “We came out with the result we wanted though and that was the most important thing.”

Although the Armada FC came out of the gate holding a majority of the possession, Miami United was eager for a win and searched for opportunity. Jacopo Camilli found that opportunity in the 32nd minute and slid past the defenders to net the first goal of the match.

The Armada FC answered only three minutes later though. Jack Blake took a corner kick that found its way to Aaron Pitchkolan right in front of the net. His touch gave Armada FC the equalizer.

“We kind of put ourselves in a hole, but it was nice to come back,” said Pitchkolan.

Blake gave Jacksonville the lead when he converted a penalty kick in the 42nd minute. The goal was the second for him this year and also his second penalty kick conversion.

Wednesday’s victory marks the third win of the season and keeps the Armada FC undefeated on the road. The team advances to the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup and will host the Charleston Battery at Southern Oaks Stadium on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m.

“Charleston Battery is a strong team who will provide another tough test,” said Lowry. “This is a tournament we want to do well in, so we will prepare for the game like any other and strive to continue our Open Cup run.”

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MATCH REPORT

Starting XI:

MIA (4-4-2): Alcantara, Basso (Degen 80’), Camilli (Tersano 66’), Fuenmayor, Menza, Navarro, Rodriguez (Tellez 65’) , Santamaria, Schoeller, Sepiurka Sciu, Tejera

 

JAX (4-2-3-1): Nasta, Doue, Jérôme (Beckie 65’), Pitchkolan, Fisher, Maripuu (Banks 77’), Blake, Rebellón, Barrow, Eloundou (Johnson 87’), Gebhard

 

Scoring Summary:

MIA: Camilli 32’

JAX: Pitchkolan 35’

JAX: Blake 42’

 

Discipline:

MIA: Basso (caution) 5’

MIA: Sepiurka (caution) 41’

MIA: Fuenmayor (caution) 56’

JAX: Pitchkolan (caution) 59’

MIA: Navarro (caution) 71’

JAX: Blake (caution) 82’

JAX: Gebhard (caution) 90’+1’

JAX: Johnson (caution) 90’+3’

MIA: Menza (caution) 90’+4’

 

About the Jacksonville Armada FC

The Jacksonville Armada FC is a professional soccer team and member of the North American Soccer League. The other NASL member teams are FC Edmonton, Indy Eleven, Miami FC, New York Cosmos, North Carolina FC, Puerto Rico FC, and San Francisco Deltas. For more information about the Armada FC, visit ArmadaFC.com.  Follow the Armada FC on Twitter @JaxArmadaFC and Facebook at Facebook.com/JaxArmadaFC.

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