By SBI SOCCER
Having seen the club’s debut season turn sour, the Jacksonville Armada have made major changes throughout the organization.
The Armada announced Monday that general manager Dario Sala and head coach Guillermo Hoyos have been dismissed. In addition, assistant coaches Edison Ibarra, Rafael Perez Niño and Sebastian Fabres have also been relieved of their duties.
Mired in a five-game winless and scoreless streak, the Armada currently sits in last place in the NASL’s Combined Standings. The team has yet to win a road game this season, putting forth a record of 0-11-2.
“Since the inception of the Armada FC, I have made it clear that I have a very high standard for performance on and off the field,” owner and CEO Mark Frisch said. “To achieve success in this league, and win championships, we must defend effectively, attack relentlessly, score goals and win games – both at home and away from home – on a consistent basis. We have not done this.
“Following an in-depth analysis of the team and operations, I am confident that a new direction is needed to turn around our team. Our players and fans deserve our very best and I strongly believe this is what is needed for us to move forward.”
Eric Dade, Jacksonville FC executive director and Armada FC director of player development, has been named as the club’s interim coach, while Armada FC Director of Soccer Operations Nathan Walter will take on the role as assistant.
“We have not given up on the 2015 season,” Frisch said. “While the challenge of reaching the NASL championship playoffs in this, our inaugural season, is steep, I am confident in Eric’s ability to lead the team and show marked improvement for the remainder of the season.
“I will take further stock at the end of this NASL season to chart the best course of action and direction for our team moving forward.”
The team returns to action Saturday when the Armada hosts the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
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