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Armada Captain Alhassane Keita Earns Man of the Match in NASL Record Breaking Match

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Washington, D.C. (Stone Sports Management, LLC) – April 7, 2015

Jacksonville Armada Striker Alhassane Keita made history in several ways on a record-breaking night for the 2015 NASL expansion franchise.  First, Keita became the Armada's first ever Captain earning the armband from Co-Head Coaches Guillermo Hoyos and Jose Villarreal. Second, Keita earned the Farah's Man of the Match making him the first ever to earn this Award.  Third, he became the first Armada player (along with Jemal Johnson) to be named to the NASL Team of the Week (Spring 1).  What makes these accolades even more special is that his strong performance was in front of an NASL modern-day record 16,164 fans at EverBank Field.

"What can I say? I am very excited," forward Alhassane Keita said. "This was a historic game tonight.  We showed to everybody that we are ready.  It is not just today, we want to be like this throughout the season."

Keita was a thorn in FC Edmonton's side throughout the match and finally broke through in the 34th minute after stripping FCE central defender Mallan Roberts.  He then proceeded with a few touches, nutmegging Roberts and unleashing a shot that beat the outstretched hands of FC Edmonton's Goalkeeper Matt VanOekel.

"This is a great start for Alhassane's Armada career," remarked SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone.  "Keita showed his abilities after breaking through against Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union during pre-season where he probably should have had a hat-trick. There is a reason the NASL named him to Top 11 Players to Watch, and I expect him to continue to do well during the season."

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 Congrats once again to Keita on his historic achievements! Check out Keita's goal by watching the video below:  

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