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ARMADA NOTEBOOK: Armada FC to host Villages SC in USOC Play-In Round

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The Jacksonville Armada FC will host The Villages SC of the Premier Development League (PDL) in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (USOC) Play-In Round on Sunday, May 6.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Southern Oak Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., on the campus of Jacksonville University. Admission is free for all to attend.

As a result of the scheduling of the USOC Play-In Round, the Armada FC and Storm FC rescheduled the NPSL match originally scheduled for May 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The match will now take place Wednesday, July 4 at 2:30 p.m.

The winner of the USOC Play-In Round will advance on to the First Round to face SIMA Aguilas of the PDL on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in Montverde, Fla.

The winner of the First Round will enter the Second Round to play the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the United Soccer League (USL).

If the Armada FC advances to the Second Round, the club will host the Rowdies at Southern Oak Stadium on May 16 at 7 p.m.

The Jacksonville Armada strengthened the defense with Wesley Charpie and Shane McInerney, and forward Brian Bement joins the team after standing out in 2018 Open Tryouts.

“It was important we added strength to our back line and we feel that has been accomplished with these signings,” said Armada FC President and General Manager Nathan Walter.

Charpie, 25, arrives in Jacksonville after spending the 2017 season with USL side Saint Louis FC. He totaled 19 appearances and two assists for the club last year.

Before Saint Louis, Charpie played for Toronto FC II. He was initially drafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC as the 29th pick overall, but then signed with the USL affiliate. He made 43 appearances in two years with Toronto.

Charpie is from Tarpon Springs, Fla. and enjoyed an extensive youth and college career. He trained with Aston Villa and Blackburn youth teams, and played local club soccer in Florida and Tarpon Springs High School before playing for the University of South Florida (USF).

McInerney played last with FC Linköping City of the Swedish Football Division 2. Before Linköping, McInerney played with NPSL side Boca Raton FC from 2015-2016, scoring one goal during that time.

The 25 year old is native of Galway, Ireland, and grew up representing his country at both the U15 and U18 levels. He came to the states to play for Monroe Community College in 2012 and was named to the All-Region First Team after six goals and two assists. He also played in 43 matches for Keiser University and earned NAIA All American in 2015.

Bement stood out to the technical staff during 2018 Open Tryouts for the Armada FC, and trained with the club before his signing. The 24-year-old forward from Waterloo, Ill., was a standout collegiate athlete at Loyola University Chicago from 2011-2014. In 77 appearances, he notched 15 goals and six assists total.

His honors include Honorable Mention All-Missouri Valley Conference in 2013 and 2014, 2014 Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team, and 2011 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.

Bement went on to play for Puerto Rico FC in 2016 and was released last year after making 14 appearances total.

CLUB SIGNS THREE MORE

The Armada three more signings to the 2018 roster. Midfielder Joshua Castellanos and defender Michael Melvin both are graduates of Nease High School and products of Jacksonville United FC, now known as the Armada FC U23s.

Midfielder Juan Camilo Portilla comes to Jacksonville after spending the last two seasons in Columbia.

“We have said from day one, that we want to develop young players, particularly local products. In Josh and Michael, we have two young men that we are very excited about. We believe with the correct application, they can do very well in the pro game,” said head coach Mark Lowry.

The Armada FC roster continues to take shape ahead of the 2018 NPSL season, which opens for the team on April 28 against Miami FC 2 on the road.

Armada FC players under contract for the 2018 season:

GOALKEEPERS: Brian Holt, Aleksander Gogić
DEFENDERS: Drew Beckie, Wesley Charpie, Mechack Jérôme, Shane McInerney , Michael Melvin
MIDFIELDERS: J.C. Banks, Josh Castellanos, Camilo Portilla, Christian Silva, Yuma
FORWARDS: Brian Bement, Conor Doyle, Derek Gebhard, Alhassane Keita, Ciarán Kilduff

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