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)

Millien breaks ties with FC Tampa Bay

TAMPA — Two years ago, midfielder Pascal Millien — a former University of Tampa standout who grew up in Auburndale — was one of the first players the new FC Tampa Bay club signed.

The plan then was to make the speedy player one of the cornerstones of the fledgling franchise. He was a talented, exciting player with local connections that the community could connect with.

But now, with the end of this soccer season following Saturday's 1-0 home playoff to Minnesota, it appears Millien's days with FC Tampa Bay are over.

Millien is now a free agent, and he told the Times that he would like to test the waters and pursue a pro deal in a top-tier league in Europe.

"You're always looking for different challenges," Millien said. "A couple years ago, I was looking for some more experience and I wanted to stay at home. I have two years experience now. Now, I'm just looking forward to showcasing my talent somewhere else. It's been a dream for me since I was a little kid. I always wanted to play professionally in Europe. I think now is the right time."

FC Tampa Bay owner and team president Andrew Nestor said the club tried to sign Millien to a long-term deal before this season, but Millien wanted to play the season out. Millien met with the team's front office Tuesday and expressed his desire to pursue other options.

The Haitian-born Millien had a breakout season in 2011, being named to the NASL's Best XI team. His 13 points (four goals, five assists) were third on the team and his five assists ranked second for the club and fifth in the league.

He was named the NASL offensive player of the week after scoring a goal and two assists in a July 4 win over Fort Lauderdale. He nursed several injuries this season, but he was also the only FC Tampa Bay player in 2010 to play in all 30 games.

In other team moves, the club picked up the 2012 options on defender Takuya Yamada and Matt Clare, while declining options for forward Aaron King. The club is in discussions with King on a new deal. King was second on the team in goals (nine) and assists (five).

Millien breaks ties with FC Tampa Bay 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 5:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return


    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  2. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits


    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  3. Back to .500, Rays feel ready to roll (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?

    Rays catcher Jesus Sucre tags out the Angels’ Mike Trout trying to score from second base after a perfect peg from rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. in the first inning.
  4. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. preserves shutout with perfect throw

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The closest the Angels came to scoring off RHP Matt Andriese in Thursday's 4-0 Rays victory occurred in the first inning, when DH Mike Trout tried to score from second on a single to right. But the throw from RF Steven Souza Jr. was on the money, and Trout was out.

    "That …

    Colby Rasmus collects high fives and shoulder rubs after driving in all four of the Rays’ runs in their victory Thursday. Rasmus had two run-scoring hits a day after hitting a home run.
  5. Rays at Twins, 8:10 p.m. Friday, Minneapolis

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Twins

    8:10, Target Field, Minnesota

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

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: RH Chris Archer (3-3, 3.76)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Chris Archer #22 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)