The NASL released the spring season’s schedule back in December. The spring season is only ten games long, so a handful of teams won’t visit Jacksonville to play the Armada.
The fall season is twenty games and looks much more like an actual soccer season. Everybody plays every other team, home and away. The season kicks off on July 4th, which is cool, and ends on November 1st. Three of the four playoff spots will be decided after the fall season, so even if the Armada take time to gel, there will still be hope for a post-season appearance.
Every home match will be exciting, obviously, but there are two can’t miss matches that need to be pointed out.
The first one of these is July 31st against Minnesota United. MUFC is the best all-around club in the league right now. They won the Supporter’s Trophy last season (awarded to the best team over both splits combined) and were the first overall seed in the playoffs. They’re expected to be right up near the top again this year, so a win against Minnesota would be a big deal.
The second of these matches is the very last match of the entire NASL season, November 1st, against the Strikers. This is the only game that day, so it’s a great opportunity for the Armada to show off what they have and quite possibly seal a playoff spot. This is also the last Coastal Cup match, so the stakes will be even higher. The Strikers made it to the Championship last year (where they lost to San Antonio) but they’ve had a weird off-season filled with ownership changes, an entirely new roster, and Brazilian Ronaldo, so nobody really knows what they’ll look like when it’s time to hit the field.