Today was a busy day in the North American Soccer League as teams are on a short break between the spring and fall season.
Jacksonville Armada have a new owner and committed to current soccer staff:
In January businessman Mark Frisch stepped away from his role within the NASL and sold the Armada to the league. While the NASL looked for an owner they continued to operate the club as the NASL were committed to keeping professional soccer in Jacksonville. Today the NASL announced that Robert Palmer of RP Funding and Homevalue.com bought the club. Interview. According to Logan Alexander, the new owner was going to come on as a shirt sponsor prior to becoming the majority owner. RP Funding was spotted on the front of the Armada away kits in Indianapolis this past weekend, which started the rumors.
In addition to the pomp and circumstance of the introduction of Palmer, the new owner announced the Armada will continue to play their home matches at Hodges Stadium and extended the contracts of technical director Nathan Walter and head coach Mark Lowry.
FC Edmonton release Dean Shields and welcome back Daryl Fordyce:
After leading the NASL this spring in the fewest goals scored, FC Edmonton brought back the club’s all-time leading goal scorer, Daryl Fordyce. The Northern Ireland striker spent four seasons with the Eddies and collected 32 goals before making a move to USL side FC Cincinnati this past offseason. Going back to a familiar place should do Fordyce wonders as he went scoreless in 7 starts for Cincinnati.
This move may not have been made possible if it was not for fellow countryman Dean Shields being released by the club on July 10th because of personal reasons. In 12 matches this spring, starting 9, Shields only scored 1 goal and recorded 1 assist.
Indy’s Nemanja Vukovic and Craig Henderson take this week’s awards:
Nemanja Vukovic took home NASL Player of the Week honors after scoring the game winning goal with his left foot and helped Indy Eleven record a shutout as they went on to beat the Armada 2-0.
Craig Henderson took was awarded his first NASL Play of the Week after his quick turn for a strike sealed the deal for the Eleven. The Eleven finished the spring season by winning 4 of their final 5 matches.
PHOTO CREDIT: TREVOR RUSZKOWSKI