The Armada traveled to Fort Lauderdale with every hope of taking three points from a Strikers team playing a man down, but defensive errors once again keep the club from earning their first away win.
Defender Matt Bahner scored his first ever goal in an Armada shirt in the 16th minute, heading the ball into the goal after a cross from Richie Ryan. The cross came in during the second phase of a corner kick, and while there was a bit of confusion about whether or not his shot was cleared off the line and Keita ultimately scored, the goal was awarded to Bahner.
Jacksonville enjoyed the initiative throughout the first half. The team was dangerous in the attack and did well to shut down any sort of movement into the forward third by the Strikers. The teams went into halftime with the scoreline 1-0 with Fort Lauderdale struggling to make any sort of noise.
Halftime started much the same, and indeed when Jean-Mark Alexandre earned a red card for a second yellow after a hard foul, it looked like the time had come for the first road win in Armada history.
It was Maicon Santos who would once again spoil things for the Armada. The Strikers forward scored with a solid header to bring the scores level. The Armada would press forward, but even with the man advantage, they could not find the net again and the game ended with the scores 1-1.
Man of the Match: Pascal Millien once again showed why supporters love him. His immense work-rate inspired the team, and his presence kept the attack together. It was telling that the Armada seemed to fall apart after he was subbed off, and his composure in attack was sorely missed in the final minutes of the match.
The Armada are still winless on the road in club history. They’ll have another chance for a road win in three weeks in Minneso— in four weeks in Ottawa.