Jacksonville Armada U-23
Full nameJacksonville Armada U-23
Founded2010; 11 years ago (2010)
GroundPatton Park
Jacksonville, Florida
Capacity1,000
Head CoachTommy Križanović
LeagueNational Premier Soccer League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Jacksonville Armada U-23 are an American soccer team based in Jacksonville, Florida. They play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid, and are part of the development system of the Jacksonville Armada FC of the North American Soccer League (NASL). They started play in 2016, replacing Jacksonville United FC in the NPSL. The team plays its home games at Jangro Stadium in Jacksonville.

As Jacksonville United FC, the club won the NPSL Championship in its first year in the 2011 season.

History

Jacksonville United FC was founded in 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida, and began play in the 2011 season of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), considered at the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. The team was owned by Barry Dixon. While the team started their first season with four straight losses, they finished the season on an 8-game winning streak through the playoffs, finally defeating the Hollywood United Hitmen to claim the NPSL Championship with a 3–2 victory on July 30, 2011 in Madison, Alabama. Tommy Krizanovic was named Jacksonville's MVP, scoring a hat-trick in the final.[1]

In 2016, Jacksonville Armada FC of the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced they would establish an under 23 team to compete in the NPSL as part of the club's development system. Jacksonville Armada U-23 replaced Jacksonville United in the league for the 2016 NPSL season. The Armada retained head coach Pat Cannon.[2]

Following the 2017 NASL season, the league was denied Division II sanctioning by the United States Soccer Federation and canceled its 2018 season while legal proceedings played out.[3] During this time, many NASL teams fielded teams in the NPSL including the Jacksonville Armada.[4] The main team took part in league play with a mix professional and amateur players while the U-23 side went on hiatus for the season.

For the 2019 NPSL season Armada U-23 returned to the league and announced Aaron Pitchkolan as the new head coach.[5] The team reached the playoffs for the first time since 2014 but fell in the conference semifinals to eventual national champions Miami FC.

In late 2019 the club announced it would be a founding member of the NPSL's new Gulf Coast Conference, joining teams from the Gulf Coast Premier League and a returning New Orleans Jesters for the 2020 season.[6]

On April 5, former Armada player Tommy Križanović returned to the organization as the team's third-ever head coach.[7]

Players and Staff

Current Roster

As of May 13, 2021[8]
No. Pos. Player Nation
MF Pierce Amalberti  United States
FW Keegan Ancelin  United States
DF Logan Bellone  France
DF Jed Bowman  England
GK John Braswell  United States
FW Jovoney Brown  Jamaica
FW Cao Chaves  Brazil
FW Eduardo Coimbra  Brazil
FW Reed Davis  United States
MF Maxwel De-Bodene  United States
GK Dominic Dominguez  United States
MF Ethan Dudley  United States
GK Padraic Gilley  United States
DF Owen Guske  United States
DF Nicholas Herb  United States
DF Elijah Howe  Australia
MF Nicholas Ladeira  South Africa
FW Alexandros Lerides  Cyprus
DF Jose Manzo  United States
MF Joshua Moreira  Canada
DF Marcus Murphy  United States
DF Cole Reasonover  United States
MF Brian Schaefer  United States
FW Bryson Smith  United States
DF Alexander Smith  United States
GK Brandon Stam  United States
DF Herbie Steigelman  United States
MF Luto Tom  South Africa
DF Jet Ulven  United States
FW Giancarlo Vaccaro  Canada

Current Technical Staff

Role Name
Head Coach Croatia Tommy Križanović
Assistant Coach England Jack Burns
Manager Richard Santos

Head Coaches

Name Nationality Tenure
Pat Cannon  United States 2011–17
Aaron Pitchkolan  United States 2019
Pat Cannon  United States 2020
Tommy Križanović  Croatia 2021-

Current Season Individual Stats

Goals

As of match played July 3rd, 2021[9]
Name Year League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Total
1 Jamaica Jovoney Brown 2021 9 0 0 9
2 Cyprus Alexandros Lerides 2021 6 0 0 6
3 Brazil Eduardo Coimbra 2021 5 0 0 5
3 United States Reed Davis 2021 5 0 0 5
4 France Logan Bellone 2021 2 0 0 2
4 Brazil Cao Chaves 2021 2 0 0 2
5 United States Maxwel De-Bodene 2021 1 0 0 1
5 United States Ethan Dudley 2021 1 0 0 1
5 Australia Elijah Howe 2021 1 0 0 1
5 South Africa Nicholas Ladeira 2021 1 0 0 1
5 United States Marcus Murphy 2021 1 0 0 1
5 United States Cole Reasonover 2021 1 0 0 1
5 United States Bryson Smith 2021 1 0 0 1
5 Canada Giancarlo Vaccaro 2021 1 0 0 1

Results

Year-by-year

Season League Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GF GA GD Pts.
2011 NPSL Southeast 1st 10 6 0 4 16 12 +4 18
2012 NPSL South-Southeast-East 4th 10 3 2 5 21 23 -2 11
2013 NPSL Sunshine 1st 8 6 2 0 20 7 +13 20
2014 NPSL Sunshine 2nd 10 6 2 2 14 7 +7 20
2015 NPSL Sunshine 4th 10 3 5 2 10 14 -4 11
2016 NPSL Sunshine 2nd 10 5 2 3 26 13 +13 18
2017 NPSL Sunshine 3rd 12 6 4 2 31 17 +14 20
2018 On Hiatus
2019 NPSL Sunshine 4th 10 3 6 1 13 32 -19 10
2020 Cancelled
2021 NPSL Gulf Coast Conference 1st 14 12 0 2 37 12 +25 36

Honors

References

  1. ^ "Krizanovic Leads JUFC to NPSL Championship". NationalPremierSoccerLeague.com. July 30, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Armada FC announce launch of U-23 team". www.news4jax.com. WJXT. February 10, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "North American Soccer League Announces Cancellation Of 2018 Season". www.nasl.com. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  4. ^ "Statement from Armada FC Owner Robert Palmer". www.jacksonvillearmada.com. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  5. ^ "Armada FC to Field U-23 Team in 2019 NPSL Season". www.jacksonvillearmada.com. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  6. ^ "JACKSONVILLE ARMADA U-23 JOINS NEW NPSL GULF COAST CONFERENCE". Jacksonville Armada. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  7. ^ "U-23 Coaching Announcement". www.jacksonvillearmada.com. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 2021 NPSL Season".
  9. ^ "NPSL 2021 Season".
  10. ^ "Jacksonville United 2011 NPSL National Champions".