FC Tampa Bay midfielder/forward Pascal Millien has been named the North American Soccer League Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.
Millien scored his second goal of the year and assisted on two other FC Tampa Bay scores in a 4-2 victory over Ft. Lauderdale on Monday night at Al Lang Stadium. Millien now ranks second on the club with seven points in 2011 and his three assists are tied for the team lead this season.
Millien put a perfectly placed corner kick on the head of defender Andres Arango, who gave FC Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Millien then gave FC Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute when he scored off an assist from midfielder Tsuyoshi Yoshitake. He then assisted on forward Aaron King’s game-winning goal in the 63rd minute as FC Tampa Bay snapped Ft. Lauderdale’s seven-match unbeaten streak.
“I want to thank all of my teammates who support me and give me the confidence to work hard and do more,” said Millien. “Last night was an amazing win. It was important for us to close out the victory and the fans really supported us for the entire 90 minutes. It was a special night for me and the entire team.”
The award marks the fourth time an FC Tampa Bay player has received a weekly league honor this season. 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. 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.