Tacoma, WA. – On Friday, October 25th, the Tacoma Soccer Center will host the 2nd Annual, “Northwest Soccer Legends Night,” for fans to re-trigger fond memories of the top talent that graced the pitch in the Puget Sound. The night’s feature event will be an indoor match at 7:30pm, where two teams made up of past pros, will compete against each other. The two sides will be captained and coached by men who are both local and international legends; Alan Hinton and Jimmy Gabriel.
Earlier, these players were announced: see initial roster here.
Additional Legends are now attending, including:
John Baretta (Pro Player 1979 – 1988, Coach 1988 – Present)
John Baretta made his name in goal as an excellent shot stopper. The Canadian went on to play in the NASL as well as six seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League. Three of those seasons were spent with the Tacoma Stars where John played more than 70 games and recorded over 1,000 saves as the Stars keeper. He now coaches high school soccer.
Dana Garner (Playing Career 1997-200?)
Dana Garner was one of the best players to ever play at national powerhouse – Seattle Pacific University. The All-American scored a hat trick in three consecutive games during his senior year at SPU. In one match, he scored three goals and added three assists. He holds 3rd All-Time in SPU assists and 5th All-Time in goals. Following his college career he was the first American drafted to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps of USL-1.
Gerry Gray (Pro Player 1980 – 1991, Coach 2010-2011)
Inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, Gerry Gray played in the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championships and the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals. Gerry has earned 34 caps and 2 goals for the Canadian National team, including his crucial World Cup Qualifying goal in the Azteca Stadium against Mexico. He was on the 1982 All-NASL 1st team while at the Vancouver Whitecaps and in-all, he scored 169 goals in outdoor and indoor soccer including 34 for the Tacoma Stars.
Sean Henderson (Pro Player 1994 – 2005, Coach 1999 – Present)
Sean Henderson was a two-time prep All-American at Everett’s Cascade High School. He later was an NCAA champion and All-American at UCLA under Sigi Schmid. Henderson represented the U.S. at the U16, U18 and U20 national team level. He played 11 professional seasons in Germany and in the U.S. with Colorado Rapids and Seattle in the USL. Henderson began his youth coaching career in 1999 and is currently the assistant coach for the Sounders FC Youth Academy.
Tommy Jenkins (Pro Player 1966 – 1982, Coach 1984 – Present)
Tommy Jenkins spent more than 16 years as a professional soccer player in both England and the USA. Tommy played in over 300 games in the English Football League, including more than 100 games in the English top flight for a decade. He played five seasons with the Seattle Sounders in the NASL, a span that included the Soccer Bowl Championship game vs. the New York Cosmos. Following his career as a player, he coached FC Seattle, the Seattle Storm, and Seattle Seadogs to championships. He currently coaches at Seattle United.
Neil Megson (Pro Player 1983 – 1998, Coach 1993 – Present)
English born, but American capped, Neil Megson played 15 seasons in the NASL, Indoor Soccer, and A-League including stints with the Sounders and Stars. He also earned two caps with the U.S. National Team in 1988. Following his playing days, Neil served as head coach to the Seattle Sounders for five seasons, winning the ‘95 A-League championship and being named the 2000 USL Coach of the Year. Now Neil coaches for Harbor Premier in Gig Harbor.
Kevin Sakuda (Pro Player 2002 – 2010, Coach 2005 – Present)
Kevin spent eight seasons playing professionally in the United States. He helped lead the Seattle Sounders to USL-Division 1 Championships in 2005 and 2007, starting in over 150 consecutive games during his six seasons with the Sounders. On the collegiate level, Sakuda won the 1999 ACC Championship at Duke University. He started all 82 games at Duke earning all conference honors.
Andy Schmetzer (Pro Player 1985-2001, Coach 2001-Present)
Andy Schmetzer won a state title at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. He was then drafted to Cleveland to play professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League. His indoor pro career would last 16 years and include 91 goals in 227 games. Andy spent three years with the Tacoma Stars, totaling 39 goals for Tacoma. Andy currently coaches at Crossfire Premier.