TAMPA — When former USF goalkeeper Jeff Attinella signed his first pro contract with FC Tampa Bay in the offseason, he did so knowing he'd likely open the season as the backup to starter Daryl Sattler.
But after Sattler went down with a season-ending knee injury in the fourth game of the season, Attinella was thrust into the spotlight.
Now he will be the club's starting goalkeeper moving forward.
Three days after its season-ending 1-0 playoff loss to Minnesota, FC Tampa Bay made several roster moves Tuesday, notably exercising the 2012 option on Attinella's contract and announcing it does not plan to offer Sattler, a free agent, a deal for next season.
Attinella, a Countryside High grad who played club soccer for the Clearwater Chargers, posted five shutouts in 22 starts this season as a rookie.
FC Tampa Bay also exercised one-year options on leading scorer Mike Ambersley, defender and team captain Frankie Sanfilippo and midfielder Keith Savage. They join defender Andres Arango, defender J.P. Rodrigues and midfielder Tsuyoshi Yoshitake, who are already signed for next year, on the 2012 roster.
The club declined one-year options for midfielder Chad Burt, a Northeast grad, as well as defender Yendry Diaz, who missed the entire season with a knee injury, and forward Warren Ukah. Two players on loan from MLS teams, goalkeeper Evan Newton (Houston) and defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe (Chicago) will return to their clubs. FC Tampa Bay also met with defender Daniel Scott Monday to discuss a contract offer.