Author Topic: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium  (Read 12653 times)

landfall

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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2024, 01:50:19 AM »
So five years and counting for them to build the equivalent of a high school stadium?

No wonder Tebow and co. called their bluff and started their own team.

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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2024, 10:35:42 PM »
So five years and counting for them to build the equivalent of a high school stadium?

No wonder Tebow and co. called their bluff and started their own team.

A team that is going to play where exactly?

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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2024, 10:22:18 AM »
I'm not too optimistic about the Armada's prospects. Especially compared to Sporting Club Jacksonville. The MLS Next League they are joining is basically just the reserve teams for MLS clubs. There are only two clubs currently in the league that aren't feeder teams for existing MLS clubs. The primary function of the league is to provide competition for youth players as a test to see which players (if any) are ready to get called up to the MLS feeder teams. But by and large most players in the future in MLS will not even come up through the league. Like in Europe, maybe a few players on the senior teams will have come up through the reserve team.

MLS Next is the third division, while SC Jax will play in the second division in the USL. With the direction soccer is headed in the country, the second division (like in England, Germany, and other European countries) can become fairly competitive and popular. The average attendance in the USL in 2023 was 5,552. This is more than the Jumbo Shrimp drew last year and over 1k more than Minor League baseball averaged. MLS Next games are mostly scrimmages with like 100 people at games.

Lastly, SC Jax is affiliated with Florida Elite, which seems to be the far and away dominant club in Jax now. Armada is affiliated with JFC. When I grew up playing there were basically four competitive clubs in Jax: Clay County, JYS, JFC (which previously had different names), and Jaguars (which predated the NFL team and got a nice settlement). Jaguars are now defunct (RIP), JYS doesn't have travel teams, Clay County and JFC are both weaker than in the past. Florida Elite is a newer club, but is already totally dominating the soccer scene in Jax.

Basically, I would bet a lot of money that SC Jax will be the more successful of the two clubs.

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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2024, 04:49:11 PM »
So five years and counting for them to build the equivalent of a high school stadium?

No wonder Tebow and co. called their bluff and started their own team.

A team that is going to play where exactly?

Should be announced before too long.
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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2024, 01:01:34 AM »
The ultimate losers are as usual going to be the public as two subpar setups compete for the same market. The Armada are a joke, they've spent years pissing about in glorified youth soccer and have been teasing about what is ultimately some high school bleachers on the Eastside, so forgive me for having little trust in them and being sceptical of their capabilities. The USL leadership have way more name recognition and apparent financial backing behind them but yeah, St. John's County hardly whets the appetite.

If the Armada weren't so useless and had just settled for playing in the USL at the baseball grounds I think although not absolutely ideal in terms of having their own home professional soccer in Jacksonville would probably be ticking along just fine whilst a solution to that is identified.
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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2024, 11:59:11 AM »
The USL stadium hasn’t been announced yet.
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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2024, 12:42:21 PM »
Games at UNF with training facilities in SJC makes the most sense.

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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2024, 01:49:39 PM »
I'm looking forward to seeing what the reaction here will be when the USL stadium location is announced.
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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2024, 08:40:20 PM »
I'm looking forward to seeing what the reaction here will be when the USL stadium location is announced.

I'm looking forward to seeing a mirror what happened with the Orlando City Stadium way back when.

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Re: Armada Owners/City Talk Downtown Soccer Stadium
« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2024, 08:52:41 AM »
I'm looking forward to seeing what the reaction here will be when the USL stadium location is announced.

Will that be anytime soon?