The Jacksonville Armada is officially 0-for-Miami.

 

The Armada lost to North American Soccer League leader Miami FC for the fifth time in five meetings Sunday, going down 1-0 at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami.

Brazilian Stefano Pinho, the NASL’s top scorer, tallied the only goal after 20 minutes in a result that dented Jacksonville’s playoff chances.

Miami (7-2-1), which won the spring season title and comfortably leads the fall season race, has now outscored the Armada 10-0 for the season.

A sluggish start cost the Armada, which now stands two points out of the final playoff berth with five games left.

Miami clanked two shots off the post in the first 10 minutes, including a free kick from former Armada captain Richie Ryan that ricocheted straight into the hands of goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell.

But the post didn’t save the Armada (2-5-4) minutes later, when Jaime Chavez crossed the ball inside and Pinho finished off a wide-open header from point-blank range.

Patterson-Sewell kept Jacksonville in the game with four saves, before the entry of midfielder Jack Blake started to give the Armada the upper hand in midfield.

Jacksonville took seven second-half shots, coming closest in the 64th minute when Ciaran Kilduff’s close-range shot forced a diving save by Miami’s Daniel Vega.

But all missed the mark as the club’s scoreless streak climbed to 295 minutes.

Results around the NASL weren’t kind to Jacksonville, as the San Francisco Deltas, North Carolina FC and New York Cosmos all won Sunday.

The Armada travels Friday to FC Edmonton, a team they’ve beaten in all three meetings this season. They’ll make the trip without Blake, who received his fifth yellow card of the fall and faces a one-game suspension.