Jacksonville Armada FC Versus Indy Eleven Highlights Week 6
The sixth week of the NASL Spring Season features a series of matchups versus top clubs in the league. Indy Eleven heads to Jacksonville to take on Armada FC, while the SF Deltas host the Cosmos in the final Saturday matchup.
NASL Soccer News: Week 6 of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring Season is set to kick off on Saturday as league-leading Jacksonville Armada FC host Indy Eleven in a battle between two undefeated teams.
Jacksonville Armada FC vs, Indy Eleven
7 p.m. ET | Saturday, April 29
Hodges Stadium | Jacksonville, Fla.
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Jacksonville Armada FC remains unbeaten in its first four matches and has only conceded one goal as they sit atop the Spring Season Standings. J.C. Banks leads the the team with two goals, including the game-tying tally in the club’s 1-1 draw with the New York Cosmos last Saturday. Jacksonville has kept two clean sheets at home and will look to continue that trend against Indy Eleven, but the league leaders face one of the strongest attacking teams in the Boys in Blue.
Led by Justin Braun’s two goals and two assists, Indy has scored in every match aside from last weekend’s scoreless draw with the San Francisco Deltas. The club earned four draws to begin the year. After setting the record for most regular-season games unbeaten at home (20), Indy heads on the road. The club has won just once in the last 16 visits to Carroll Stadium.
Puerto Rico FC vs. North Carolina FC
7:30 p.m. ET | Saturday, April 29
Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium | Bayamón, P.R.
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Puerto Rico FC is coming off a 2-1 loss to FC Edmonton, but Adrian Whitbread’s team heads back to friendlier confines at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium this weekend. The club is unbeaten in its past six league matches at home (2W-4D), scoring eight times during that stretch. FC Barcelona Academy product Jordi Quintillà scored his first goal for the club in last weekend’s loss.
North Carolina FC hits the road seeking to snap its winless streak away from home, which stands at 11 matches after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Miami FC. Goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre’s eight-save performance seemed destined to be rewarded with a clean sheet and all three points until a 95th-minute equalizer was recorded by Miami.
Miami FC vs. FC Edmonton
7:30 p.m. ET | Saturday, April 29
Riccardo Silva Stadium | Miami, Fla.
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Miami has an overwhelming lead in the category of most chances created – 53 compared to 35 by the San Francisco Deltas, Puerto Rico FC and Indy Eleven. In three previous matches against FC Edmonton, Miami has taken the maximum points and hasn’t conceded a single goal. Both previous home wins saw Cuban international Ariel Martinez find the back of the net.
FC Edmonton knocked off Puerto Rico FC, 2-1, with Dustin Corea and Dean Shiels leading the way. Normally built on rugged defending, the Eddies have had some trouble keeping the ball out of their net this season. The club is tied for the most goals conceded (6) after giving up 21 in 2016.
San Francisco Deltas vs. New York Cosmos
10 p.m. ET | Saturday, April 29
Kezar Stadium | San Francisco, Calif.
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San Francisco is unbeaten through its first four games and the club has only conceded two goals – only bettered by Jacksonville Armada FC’s one on the season. Marc Dos Santos’ side, which has been extremely well-organized, has faced the least amount of shots on goal (32). On the attacking side, the Deltas defeated North Carolina FC, 3-1, in their last outing in San Francisco. Forward Tom Heinemann, who has scored two goals this year, has had past success finding the back of the net against New York. In the postseason, the striker has scored on five occasions against the Cosmos.
The Cosmos have been tough to break down themselves during their away matches, keeping two clean sheets away from MCU Park. Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer made eight saves in the club’s last road outing — a 2-0 win against Miami FC. Since the beginning of last year, the Cosmos have also been the league’s most successful club on the road. The club has won seven of its last 18 regular-season contests outside of New York.