FC Tampa Bay returned to Shimberg Fields Tuesday morning for practice after its first road game last weekend at Montreal.
The team played to a scoreless draw against the Impact, with goalkeeper Daryl Sattler posting his second shutout against Montreal this year and earning NASL Defender of the Week honors. He made four saves in the match against Montreal to increase his total to 17 this season. Sattler leads the NASL with the 17 saves and is tied for the second-fewest goals allowed in the league so far.
“It’s a good honor,” said Sattler. “It just shows that our squad has a good defensive side, three games and now two shutouts. Defensively we are holding opponents to a limited amount of shots.”
Forward Mike Ambersley made his first start for FCTB and played the entire 90 minutes against Montreal on Saturday.
“It was good to get my first start; it felt good out there,” said Ambersley. “I thought we created a few good chances, but there is obviously room for improvement. I think as we go we will get some more chances and get some goals.”
FCTB faces the Atlanta Silverbacks in the first game of a season-long three-match homestand this Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. Sattler says the team’s focus is on beating Atlanta this week.
“We are sitting in the middle of the table right now, but the character of the team is that we have high ambitions,” said Sattler. “We are going into each game one at a time, the title is our ultimate goal, but it is one game at a time and we are at practice everyday to put in the work and look forward to the next opponent.”