Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Scoring Drought Reaches 271 Minutes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Scoring Drought Reaches 271 Minutes

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Byline: Clayton Freeman

The Jacksonville Armada's road trip ended in a shipwreck in Minnesota.

The worst elements of the Armada's slump all combined in a 4-0 loss to the Minnesota United on Wednesday at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

An early opposition goal (by Minnesota's Juliano Vicentini). An early injury (to Marcos Flores). A red card (to Alhassane Keita). They've become all-too-familiar problems for the Armada (0-3-0), now mired in the North American Soccer League cellar with a nine-game winless streak.

The club hasn't won a competitive match since defeating the Indy Eleven 1-0 May 9.

Jacksonville's troubles started just 12 minutes in, when Vicentini stole the ball from Fabricio Ortiz near the halfway line, cut inside and unleashed a 30-yard shot into the top corner past Armada keeper David Sierra.

With Brazilians Ibson and Vicentini roaming free in the midfield and former NASL top scorer Christian Ramirez menacing the box, Minnesota (1-1-1) forced Sierra into numerous saves. …

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