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Arena soccer news: Howes returns to Milwaukee; Tacoma Stars will play Pro at Starfire

We reported earlier this week that the Tacoma Stars and Kitsap Pumas are holding tryouts for their upcoming PASL seasons. Now we’ve learned that Tacoma indoor legend Greg Howes will play for the Milwaukee Wave again this season.

Stars at Starfire

We’ve got some scoop about the Tacoma Stars, who are holding their open tryouts Thursday night Sept. 29 from 9-11 PM at Starfire Sports Complex. The Stars will call Starfire home while their new facility is being built near Bates Technical College in the Tacoma area. The club will play its PASL-Pro matches at the Tukwila location.

PASL-Pro? Yes, the word I am hearing is that as of now the Tacoma Stars are planning to play professionally. They would thus be in the same league as the San Diego Sockers, California Cougars, and the new (expansion) Anaheim Bolts, Phoenix Monsoon and a as yet unnamed club in Vancouver, BC.

The Kitsap Pumas are planning to play in the PASL-Premier, which would line them up for matches against the WSA Rapids (Bellingham), Central Oregon Steelheaders (Bend), Wenatchee Fire, and Snohomish Skyhawks.

As of this writing the PASL does not plan to play matches between leagues, meaning the rivalry between the Stars and Pumas that bloomed last year would be on hold unless the clubs played non-league exhibitions against each other.

The Tacoma Stars played the Seattle Wolves in a 2008 playoff match at Starfire. (David Falk)

Greg Howes to Milwaukee Wave

Greg Howes was the head coach of the Tacoma Stars last year, but this winter he’ll start out as a player for the Milwaukee Wave. The Stars will announce their new head coach in the coming weeks.

From a Wave press release:

“We are very excited that Greg is returning to the Wave this season. As a
three-time MISL league MVP Greg brings a tremendous amount of experience and
leadership, not to mention one of the top goal scorers in indoor soccer
history,” said Head Coach Keith Tozer.

Howes will also serve as the Winter Academy Director. The Wave is excited to
offer players one of the top developmental academies through the Wave Winter
Academy which starts in November on Tuesday and Thursday at Uihlien Soccer Park.
Howes brings his experience as Director of Coaching for the South Hlll Soccer
Club (Revolution) in the Puyallup/Tacoma area to the Academy.  Tozer and other
Wave players will join Howes in all training sessions which will help players
take major steps in their individual development. The Wave Winter Academy will
also host coaching courses for coaches of all levels.

During his nine years with the Wave Howes has scored 314 goals, which puts
him second in team history. He leads the Wave’s record books with 136 one-point
goals, 58 which came during the 2003-2004 season. Howes is one of the most
decorated players in the Wave and league history with five league scoring titles
to go with the his three league MVPs and three Championships. Howes has scored
more goals in one game than any other player in franchise history with six goals
in a game and five two-point goals in another.

The last three years Howes was player/coach of the Tacoma Stars. In 2009
Howes coached the Tacoma Stars to a National Championship. After leading the
league in scoring in 2010, Howes joined the Wave in March, 2010 and help the
Wave win their fifth Championship.

“After last year’s championship run, I am looking forward to the challenge of
defending the title,” Howes said. “I have been fortunate to play with the Wave
for my entire indoor career and experience quality teammates and coaches. The
Wave has a quality organization from top to bottom. I look forward to continuing
the winning tradition that has become Wave Soccer.”

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