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NASL: Armada FC Director of Player Development Eric Dade named interim head coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Armada FC owner and CEO Mark Frisch announced on Monday the dismissal of general manager Dario Sala and head coach Guillermo Hoyos along with assistant coaches Edison Ibarra, Rafael Perez Niño and Sebastian Fabres.

The Armada currently sits in last place in the North American Soccer League Fall and Combined Season standings and has been held scoreless in their last five matches and 498 minutes of play. In addition, the team has yet to win a single game on the road, with a record of 0-2-11 (W-D-L).

“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. 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,” said Frisch. “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.”

Dade, who has more than 28 years of experience in professional and youth soccer development, is a former Major League Soccer player, playing as a defender with the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) from 1997-2001 and also played with the USL Dallas Rockets and professional indoor soccer for the Dallas Sidekicks and Baltimore Spirit. 

He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor of science in physical education after playing on the men’s soccer team from 1987-91 and was inducted into the VCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

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