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USMNT legend Meola fired by Jacksonville Armada after 9 months in charge

Meola argues with referee

NAPERVILLE, IL - JULY 26: Goalkeeper Tony Meola #1 of the Kansas City Wizards argues with referee Jose Andrade during the MLS game against the Chicago Fire at Cardinal Stadium on July 26, 2003 in Naperville, Illinois. The Fire defeated the Wizards 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Armada have fired coach Tony Meola after nine months on the job.

Team owner and CEO Mark Frisch made the announcement Sunday, parting ways with Meola and assistant Jim Rooney.

Assistant Mark Lowry was named interim coach for the remainder of the fall season. The Armada ranks 11th in the 12-team North American Soccer League’s fall season table. Jacksonville is winless in six consecutive games.

Frisch says “after much thought and careful consideration, I strongly believe this is the best decision to make for our club, players and loyal supporters.”

Meola, a former national team goalkeeper, was hired in November 2015. He was 2-10-6 overall, including 1-5-2 this fall.

Meola made 100 appearances for the national team and was on the squad for the 1990, 1994 and 2002 World Cups.