goalWA.net has learned via social media that the Tacoma Stars are going into hiatus for the upcoming PASL season. The organization will instead field a side in the Premier Arena Soccer League Northwest Division called the Tacoma Galaxy. They will join a bustling division with the likes of the Wenatchee Fire, WSA Rapids, Arlington Aviators, KItsap Pumas and defending champion South Sound Shock.
Last season the Stars finished with a winning record in the Professional Arena Soccer League Pacific Division, which also featured the San Diego Sockers and other clubs in northern and southern California.
The Stars had been planning to enter a new professional level within the PASL, tentatively called the “PASL2,” a league for professional clubs with smaller seating venues. Not enough clubs joined the new division to make it a reality.
John Callaway of the Stars posted on the South Sound Shock Facebook page, which broke the news:
“The league we were building for the season did not have enough teams therefore we have decided to shelve the Stars until the 2014 Pro season and instead focus on our Premiere League team the Tacoma Galaxy which will support the Stars in the coming seasons. Be on the look out for the Galaxy home page and changing content on the Stars website site and Facebook page.”
The South Sound Shock will now have a rival even closer than the Kitsap Pumas. On their Facebook Page owner John Crouch posted:
“We welcome this great rivalry and look forward to playing our friends in the South Sound area in what will definitely be some of the most exciting soccer you can find. South Sound FC will look to play out of Gig Harbor Soccer Center with improved seating areas, bathrooms and beer sales.”