FC Tampa Bay forward Mike Ambersley has been named the North American Soccer League Player of the Month for August, the league announced on Friday. It marks the second consecutive month that FC Tampa Bay has claimed the award after forward Aaron King received the honor in July.
Ambersley totaled three goals and three assists last month as FC Tampa Bay moved into third place in the NASL standings with three wins, one tie and just one loss in August.
“It is a great honor. I feel like this is a team award more than anything and I want to thank my teammates,” said Ambersley. “August was a big month for us. We knew we needed to get points and we really played well. It gives us a big momentum boost as we head into a critical stretch in September.”
Ambersley ranks second in the league with a team-high 11 goals in 2011 and his five assists are tied for fourth in the NASL. He leads the club with 27 points and is the only player to have appeared in all 23 matches, logging a team-high 1,915 minutes.
Eighteen media members from NASL markets cast ballots for Player of the Month, with a first-place vote worth two points and a second-place vote worth one. Ambersley received a total of 23 points. Puerto Rico goalkeeper Ray Burse finished second with 16 points, while Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush was third with seven points. Both goalkeepers recorded three shutout wins in August. Montreal midfielder Sinisa Ubaparipovic and Carolina forward Etienne Barbara finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while Puerto Rico forward David Foley was sixth in the voting.
FC Tampa Bay returns to action this Saturday, September 3 when it faces the first-place Carolina RailHawks at 7:00 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.