By FRANCO PANIZO
The expansion NASL team in Jacksonville has a name.
The club announced on Tuesday that its name will be Jacksonville Armada FC and unveiled its logo. The name pays tribute to the city’s rich Spanish heritage and strong military connection, and was chosen following a fan competition and survey that invited soccer fans in the region to offer suggestions.
The colors on the logo for Jacksonville Armada FC, which will begin play in NASL in 2015, are two different shades of blue, white, gray and yellow.
“From day one, we committed to make this club the fans’ team, the community’s team, Jacksonville’s team,” said Armada FC owner Mark Frisch. “We are honored and proud to reflect the suggestions of our fans in our team name and logo while aligning with the history and tradition of this region.”
“Naming our team Jacksonville Armada FC perfectly reflects our hard-working, passionate, determined and progressive community here on the First Coast,” added team president Steve Livingstone. “We are greatly looking forward to kicking off play and fully engaging and growing with everyone in the First Coast community.”
Jacksonville will become the third NASL club in the Sunshine State when it begins play, joining the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies, and is one of three expansion sides expected to enter the league in 2015. Oklahoma City and Virginia Cavalry FC are the other clubs set to debut next year.
Armada FC are also the fifth professional club established in Florida, with MLS-bound Orlando City and David Beckham’s unnamed expansion MLS side in Miami being the others.
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