Strikers sink Armada, make NASL playoffs

Ft. Lauderdale Strikers head to the NASL playoffs after defeating Jacksonville Armada 1-0

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are headings to the NASL soccer playoffs, following a dramatic victory against Jacksonville Armada, winning one nil with a goal from Marlon Freitas in the 87th minute.

The Strikers’ victory nailed down the last playoff berth. Needing only a draw to reach the postseason, the Strikers (8-6-6) naturally took few risks.

The official attendance of 9,083 set a stadium record for soccer, but the Armada ends the year with back-to-back home losses after dropping one of its first 13 games in Jacksonville.

The Strikers will go head-to-head with top-seeded team, the New York Cosmos, next Sunday in the league’s semifinals.

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