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Miami FC hosts Pride Night, faces Jacksonville Armada at FIU Stadium

Miami FC, Jacksonville Armada play NASL game to raise money for Orlando Pulse tragedy victims.
Miami FC, Jacksonville Armada play NASL game to raise money for Orlando Pulse tragedy victims. lriely@miamiherald.com

Miami FC is celebrating Pride Night as part of Saturday night’s home game against the Jacksonville Armada at FIU Stadium.

The first 5,000 fans will receive a free rainbow Pride bandana, and 50 percent of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the Pulse Victims Fund, set up to aid victims of the night club shooting in Orlando.

“Miami FC’s mission is to connect with Miami’s communities through the global language of soccer,” said Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn. “Pride Night demonstrates our support for the LGBTQ community and we are confident South Florida will join us in this show of solidarity to give back to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.”

The evening will also include a national anthem performance and post-game concert by Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Nestor Torres.

As for the game, Miami FC aims to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Armada earlier this season. In that game, an apparent Miami goal by Dario Cvitanich was erased by an off-sides call. Cvitanich has scored two goals in the past two games, and remains one of the leading scorers in the league.

Miami has also been bolstered at the start of the Fall Season by the addition of Poku, who joined the team from NYCFC of Major League Soccer. Poku scored in his debut last week in a 3-2 extra time loss to the New York Cosmos.

The Armada is coached by former U.S. national team goalkeeper Tony Meola, and are 1-1-1 in their past three games.

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