Jacksonville Armada Set to Announce Tony Meola as New Coach

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by JAKE NUTTING

Following a report on EoS last week that former U.S. National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola was the lead candidate to fill Jacksonville Armada FC’s head coaching vacancy, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl has confirmed that the club will announce Meola’s hiring on Tuesday.

This will be Meola’s first official job as a head coach, though the National Soccer Hall of Famer has been heavily involved in assisting with the U.S. U-17 and U-20 squads over the past few years. He has also a become a vibrant media personality while working for a handful of outfits, including One World Sports and Sirius XM.

Meola interviewed for the Armada job last summer ahead of the club’s inaugural season, but he was passed over by General Manager Dario Sala for Jose Luis Villareal and Gullermo Hoyos, who began the year as co-head coaches. All three men left their positions before the season had even concluded as the Armada finished tied for dead last with the San Antonio Scorpions in both the NASL’s Fall Season and Combined Season standings.

The only other reported candidates to take over in Jacksonville were Director of Player Development and Interim Coach Eric Dade and for New York Red Bulls Boss Mike Petke.