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January 7, 2017
NASL a prospective buyer for Jacksonville Armada

By Michael Lewis Editor

Jacksonville Armada FC is up for sale and its prospective new owners are the North American Soccer League.

In a letter and statement issued on the team's website Saturday, Armada owner and CEO Mark Frisch announced the pending transaction.

"I currently am in talks with the NASL as they are a prospective buyer of the team here in Jacksonville," he said. "While I canít publicly announce the details as we are currently in negotiations, I can tell you that they are committed to keeping soccer in Jacksonville."

When talking about the Armada, Frisch looked back and forward.

"From the start of this great adventure, it has been my goal to see professional soccer thrive in Jacksonville," he said. "We have had many exciting times enjoying Armada matches and I am working hard during this transitional period to ensure that as I look to move on from being the CEO and owner of Armada, that I place the team and all that the Armada stands for in good hands."

Frisch added that he will share additional information as it is known.

"Until then, please know that I remain a committed soccer fan, a cheerleader for our great city of Jacksonville and forever thankful for the support and enthusiasm that the many friends, fans, sponsors and supporters of the Armada have shown over the years," he said.

On Friday night, the U.S. Soccer board of directors announced that it had granted the NASL and United Soccer League provisional Division 2 status for 2017.

Jacksonville is one of eight clubs that will make up the NASL this year. The others are FC Edmonton, Indy Eleven, Miami FC, North Carolina FC, Puerto Rico FC, the expansion San Francisco Deltas and Cosmos.

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