FC Tampa Bay midfielder Keith Savage has been named the North American Soccer League Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
“It is an honor to win this award, but the credit should go to my teammates and coaches,” said Savage. “Everyone worked hard these last few weeks and it has paid off. It was great for us to win against Atlanta, and we want to continue that Wednesday at Montreal.”
Savage scored his first two goals of the season in FC Tampa Bay’s 4-0 shutout of Atlanta Saturday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. Savage opened the scoring with a goal in the 28th minute and his second tally came in the 60th minute to extend FCTB’s lead to 3-0. Savage has played in 17 of FC Tampa Bay’s 19 matches with 15 starts in 2011.
“This award is a testimony to Keith’s hard work,” said FC Tampa Bay head coach Ricky Hill. “He is a quiet but efficient player, and is very knowledgeable. It is nice to see him play a prominent role in our victory. We’re delighted for him to receive this award and it is credit to all of the players for their efforts.”
The award marks the sixth time an FC Tampa Bay player has received a weekly league honor this season, the most for any team in the league. Forward Mike Ambersley was named NASL Offensive Player of the Week on June 13 following his two-goal performance against the Silverbacks on June 12, while midfielder Pascal Millien received the award after posting a goal and two assists against Fort Lauderdale on July 4. Goalkeeper Daryl Sattler was named NASL Defender of the Week on April 25 following a scoreless draw at Montreal and goalkeeper Jeff Attinella was selected NASL Defender of the Week on May 24 after FCTB’s 3-0 victory over Montreal. Defender Andres Arango was named NASL Defender of the Week on July 18.