FC Tampa Bay defeated FC Edmonton 3-1 Wednesday night at Al Lang Stadium, thanks to second half goals from midfielder Shane Hill and midfielder Pascal Millien.
FC Tampa Bay claimed the season series with FC Edmonton, with two wins, one tie and one loss in the four matches, and has now moved within one point of third place in the NASL standings.
"It was fantastic for us to get the three points tonight," said head coach Ricky Hill. "The players worked hard tonight and took care of business."
With the victory, FC Tampa Bay wrapped up the month of July by earning 10 out of a possible 15 points in its five league matches, in addition to a 1-0 victory over the English Premier League's Bolton Wanderers in a friendly.
Forward Aaron King scored in the sixth minute for FC Tampa Bay and forward Alex Semenets scored his first goal of the year for FC Edmonton in the 28th minute as the teams headed to halftime knotted at 1.
King's goal marked the fifth straight game with a goal for the forward as he finished off a cross from Millien, who notched his team-high fifth assist of the year. The goal came in the sixth minute, marking the earliest FC Tampa Bay has scored in a match this season.
"I think the balance has been very good," said Ricky Hill. "Aaron has worked exceptionally well in the last few months in training and we've seen his consistency improve, and as we've seen he does have an eye for the goal."
FC Tampa Bay regained the lead in the 60th minute when Hill scored his first goal of the year off of a rebound in the 18-yard box.
"The momentum was high, and everyone was working hard for each other," said Shane Hill. "It was good to get back on track today; we needed a win."
Millien extended the lead to 3-1 with a goal into an open net in the 84th minute off a beautiful assist from forward Mike Ambersley. It was Millien's third goal of the year.
FC Tampa Bay begins a two-match road trip on Saturday, August 6 at Atlanta before traveling to Montreal on Wednesday, August 10.
FC Tampa Bay Lineup: GK Jeff Attinella, D Andres Arango (Captain), D JP Rodrigues, D David Hayes, D Takuya Yamada, M Shane Hill (Tsuyoshi Yoshitake 73'), M Pascal Millien, M Mozzi Gyorio, M Keith Savage, F Mike Ambersley, F Aaron King (Warren Ukah 78')
FC Edmonton Lineup: GK Rein Baart, D John Jonke, D Niko Saler, D Paul Hamilton, D Antonio Rago, M Shaun Saiko, M Chris Kooy (Captain), M Ilja Van Leerdam (Conrad Smith 81'), F Alex Semenets (Shawn Chin 67'), F Daniel Antoniuk, F Kyle Porter (Chris Lemire 67')
FCTB: Aaron King - 6th minute (assisted by Pascal Millien)
FCE: Alex Semenets - 28th minute (assisted by Daniel Antoniuk)
FCTB: Shane Hill - 60th minute
FCTB: Pascal Millien - 84th minute (assisted by Mike Ambersley)
FCTB: David Hayes - 51st minute
FCE: Chris Lemire - 90th minute
FCTB: 20 shots (12 on goal), 7 saves, 6 fouls, 5 corners
FCE: 16 shots (8 on goal), 8 saves, 6 fouls, 6 corners