Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

FC Tampa Bay notebook: Hayes still playing field, waits for coaching opportunity

TAMPA — David Hayes joined FC Tampa Bay this offseason to begin his coaching career. But the 34-year-old assistant coach found himself on the field in the season-opening 1-0 win over Montreal, playing a full 90 minutes at left outside back.

With defender Andres Arango serving the second half of a two-game suspension Sunday against Puerto Rico, Hayes will be on the field again. But once Arango returns in Week 3, Hayes said he will return to the sideline.

The season-ending injury to defender Yendry Diaz as well as the late arrivals of Omar Jarun and J.P. Rodrigues left the back row's depth depleted, forcing Hayes onto the pitch.

"If everyone's healthy and everyone's here, I'm not out there," Hayes said. "Mentally, you're in a different state. When you're playing, you're in that player mentality. You don't want to yell because it's not a good vibe. If you're a coach, you can yell and they respect that, but on the field you're an equal. It's a fine line."

Once Arango returns, coach Ricky Hill said he might move away from the team's 4-4-2, possibly playing three defenders with Arango, Jarun and Rodrigues and adding a forward up top to give a more offensive-minded look.

Though the back row limited Montreal forward Ali Gerba, who scored nine goals in 13 games for the Impact last season, the defenders face a tougher task this week in the more mobile and quicker Nick Addlery, who scored 15 goals last season.

"It's going to be a good test," Hayes said. "Puerto Rico is very good on set pieces. They compete nonstop. … My passes need to be quicker and I need to get involved more."

Kickin' it with GK Daryl Sattler

If you weren't a professional soccer player, what would you be?

I would have a personal training business. I do that on the side. I run boot camps, one-on-one camps, speed-agility clinics in the offseason. I'm a fitness junkie.

What would be your dream team to play for?

I grew up watching Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish League first division. The biggest thing is that they had a goalkeeper named Andy Goram who I loved to watch.

What's your favorite opposing stadium to play in?

It was really a blast playing in Portland because of their fan base and their atmosphere there. It's exciting to see that Miami (Fort Lauderdale) gets more than 300 people to their games (this season). They just lacked the people (a year ago). It felt like a pickup game sometimes.

What's something few people know about you?

I like painting. I have a friend in Nashville who did it. She said she was too poor to buy her own art so she made her own. It's very therapeutic. I just put some music on and paint.

Out of the box

One of the little-known league rule changes this season will have a huge impact. Teams are allowed only three substitutions compared with five last year, which coach Ricky Hill said makes subs more "methodical" — meaning subs can't be eaten up early in case of injuries or a red card.

In the win over Montreal, second-half sub forwards Mike Ambersley and Warren Ukah entered in the 69th minute and provided a late offensive spark that led to the winning goal in the 85th minute.

"You have to err on the side of caution but at the same time you want to have whoever is coming in to impact the game right away," Hill said.

Midfielder Mozzi Gyorio also entered in stoppage time. Hill said Gyorio is still learning to play all four midfield spots.

"I see Mozzi as an additional creative element to the side," Hill said. "We're trying to teach him a general midfielder's role."

Number of the week: 4,161

Adjusted attendance for Saturday's home opener — 3,693 was announced at the game — after the team audited its new ticket system.

Up next

FC Tampa Bay vs. Puerto Rico

When/where: 6 p.m. Sunday; Al Lang Field, St. Petersburg

Tickets:, (813) 287-1539

FC Tampa Bay notebook: Hayes still playing field, waits for coaching opportunity 04/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 11:15am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    OF/DH Corey Dickerson missed out on a good birthday gift when AL player of the week honors went instead to Detroit's J.D. Martinez. Dickerson hit .385 with five homers, nine RBIs and nine runs; Martinez went .389-4-9-7 and got the nod.

  2. Rays journal: Alex Cobb learning to work with what he has



    If this were 2012 or 2013, even 2014, RHP Alex Cobb would have problems. He would find himself working with only two of his three pitches, with the missing pitch being his trusty changeup.

    Alex Cobb, working mainly with his fastball and curveball, is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA over his past five starts. The Rays right-hander tries to continue his strong stretch tonight against the Angels.
  3. Rays vs. Angels, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Angels

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Fennelly: This season's Chris Archer is a pleasure to watch

    The Heater


    At this time last season, through 10 starts, Rays pitcher Chris Archer was 3-5 on his way to 9-19.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
  5. Bucs' O.J. Howard ends big day with BP, first pitch for Rays


    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard is known for his athleticism at 6-foot-6, 251-pounds. As an outfielder, he took his Autuaga Academy High School baseball team to the state tournament in Alabama as a junior.

    On Monday, after a little instruction from Steven Souza, Jr., the left-handed hitting Howard started making …