FC Tampa Bay practiced for 90 minutes Monday morning at Shimberg Fields following its impressive 4-0 victory at Atlanta Saturday night.
FC Tampa Bay midfielder Keith Savage scored his first two goals of the year to pace the offensive attack, and goalkeeper Evan Newton posted the club's team-record fifth shutout of the year in his NASL debut. Forward Mike Ambersley added a goal and two assists, while forward Aaron King had an assist to give him at least one point in his sixth consecutive match. Forward Matt Clare scored his first goal of the year in league play to close the scoring.
"It was an excellent win and I was very happy with the way our team played," said FC Tampa Bay head coach Ricky Hill. "It is always nice to win, particularly away from home, and to win the season series against them."
FC Tampa Bay has a short week as it flies to Montreal Tuesday morning for its final meeting with the Impact this Wednesday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Saputo Stadium. FC Tampa Bay has already claimed the season series with two wins and a tie against Montreal in the first three matchups in 2011. You can watch the game live here.
"Montreal has accomplished players, a very good organization and a good coach," said Hill. "They might be disappointed in how their season has gone, but all of the games we have played against them have been very close. The games could have gone either way, especially the first two matches. I am expecting a very difficult game on Wednesday night, as I am sure the players are too."
FC Tampa Bay returns home this Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. against NSC Minnesota, presented by Heartbeat International and Jimmy John's. It is also Faith and Family Night at Al Lang Stadium. To purchase tickets, click here.
Check out interviews with midfielder Keith Savage and forward Aaron King following practice this morning.