FC Tampa Bay has kept four additional players from the 2010 squad under contract. The club elected to exercise contract options on forward Aaron King and midfielders Mozzi Gyorio, Long Tan and Jonny Steele. Steele’s option was picked up back in August due to the structure of his contract.
Tan had been training with the Vancouver Whitecaps in its MLS camp as a result of the July 2010 trade between Vancouver and Tampa Bay, which brought Ricardo Sanchez and Jonny Steele to Tampa Bay. Steele was in training recently at Hearts, currently third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League of Scotland, and MK Dons of League One in England.
FC Tampa Bay also confirmed that the club has declined its option to keep defenders Gordon Kljestan and Joe Donoho and midfielder Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe. The club also holds options for next season on defender Graham Tatters and midfielder Stanley Nyazamba but has not made a decision in regards to the two players yet.
In October, FC Tampa Bay declined its 2011 contract option on Ricardo Sanchez but the club has made Sanchez a new long-term offer and continues negotiations with Sanchez.
Quick 2010 Stats on Players:
- Gyorio played in 18 matches for FCTB, including nine starts with two goals and two assists in his first year as a professional.
- King ended the 2010 season as FCTB’s leading goal scorer and third in USSF D-2 Pro League with 12 goals. King played in 28 of the 30 matches with 12 starts, playing in 1,196 minutes.
- Steele joined FCTB in July 2010 after a trade from Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Steele started in nine of the 10 matches played, scoring one goal and assisting in three.
- Tan played in 25 of FCTB’s 30 matches this season. Tan was ranked fourth on the squad with eight points after scoring three goals and two assists.