Jacksonville Sports Day

NASL: Johnson Signs Contract Extension with Armada

JACKSONVILLE  – The Jacksonville Armada FC has renegotiated the contract of forward Jemal Johnson. The contract extension makes Johnson one of four players who have been with the club since the beginning of team’s 2015 inaugural season.

Johnson, 31, played 1,506 minutes in 2016 making 18 starts in 24 games. He scored two goals and led the team with four assists alongside Zach Steinberger last season.

He still holds the record for the fastest modern NASL goal of 12 seconds which he scored in the Armada’s inaugural league win over FC Edmonton on April 4, 2015. Johnson has remained a mainstay on the left side of the Armada frontline over two seasons in Jacksonville.

In his most recent contribution, Johnson scored a stunning goal to spring the Armada’s comeback overcoming a 2-goal deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2 on Oct. 30. He has also been voted Man of the Match 10 times in two season with the club.

The Armada FC have also announced the release of midfielder Nicolas Perea. Perea, a 24-year-old native of Bucaramanga, Colombia and Syracuse University standout signed his first professional contract with the team on Feb. 10, 2015.

He played 1,766 minutes starting 19 matches in 24 appearances with the Armada in his two seasons with the club.

Johnson’s extension and Perea’s departure brings the Armada roster to 14 players.

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