The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
TACOMA, WA — South Sound Football Club is based in Tacoma. That is where its heart is, and that is where the outfit would like to play its matches in both indoor (PASL) and outdoor (EPLWA) seasons. If only it was as easy as that.
We learned during Thursday’s SSFC Town Hall Meeting that the club has appealed to the PASL for approval to play its indoor matches at the Tacoma Soccer Center. This is where the club should have ALWAYS played, but there are behind-the-scenes issues with the league that have so far prevented it from happening. Now the Shock have learned that their home in Gig Harbor is going to be evolving during the indoor season, perhaps leaving them out in the cold. So as John Crouch, club owner and founder tells it, they have asked the Premier Arena Soccer League for permission to play at the TSC, just minutes away from the Pacific Sports Center where the new Tacoma Galaxy will play in the same league and division in 2013-14. Let’s hope the league does the right thing and allows the Shock to “come home.”
Meanwhile, finding a suitable outdoor soccer venue within the Tacoma city limits is another struggle altogether. There are plenty of high school stadiums, but the Tacoma School District’s rent revenue structure has so far been prohibitive. This is part of why Crouch spoke about Sumner and even Tumwater in terms of where SSFC might call home for the 2014 debut of the Evergreen Premier League.
Tacoma Tide FC of the PDL played at Curtis High School in University Place for over five seasons. They also spent a few ill-fated months at Stadium Bowl. The Sounders U-23′s move around the area, having played at Sumner, Starfire, Tumwater, Curtis, Franklin Pierce and Cheney Stadium over two seasons.
http://www.tacomasports.org/ has a listing of venues, and it is pretty-much devoid of Tacoma School District stadiums.
Is the solution for the EPLWA to allow South Sound to play at a local field and make do with a small, non-stadium seating area? Or, should the club attach itself to a community outside of Tacoma? Stay tuned.