J.C. Banks (Milwaukee Riverside/UW-Green Bay) couldn't have asked for a better way to launch his career with the Jacksonville Armada.
Banks scored the lone goal with a fine individual effort in the 77th minute and was named Man of the Match as the Armada blanked visiting FC Edmonton 1-0 in a North American Soccer League opener Sunday afternoon. (Watch highlights below)
The 27-year-old, who signed with Jacksonville in January after spending the past two seasons with Minnesota United in the NASL, nearly scored in the 8th minute only to see his left-footed strike from the left side zip just outside the far post.
But 13 minutes from time, Banks won the ball in the midfield and worked past two Edmonton defenders before slotting a shot past on-rushing goalkeeper Chris Konopka. It was Banks' fifth goal in NASL play and the 22nd of his six-year professional career.
"J.C., one-on-one, is one of the better players in the league," Armada captain Aaron Pitchkolan told the Florida Times-Union. (Read full article) "He showed it right there."
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