Stars remember original founder John Best

e60165b John Best (left) congratulates Steve Zungul during the Stars’ heyday. Best founded “Tacoma Indoor Soccer Inc.” in 1982. Best’s shirt reads “Tacoma Stars: Western Division Champions 1986-87.” (Photo courtesy of Tacoma Sports Museum.)

The Tacoma Stars might never have happened if not for John Best.

The Stars join the rest of our soccer community locally and internationally in remembering the great work and life of Best, who passed away recently at the age of 74.

John Best formed Tacoma Indoor Soccer, Inc. back in 1982. That group brought a Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) club to Tacoma in 1983. They would call themselves the “Tacoma Stars,” evolving out of the dormant “Denver Avalanche” franchise, which Best helped transfer to the City of Destiny.

The Stars eventually would become Best’s “third moment of magic” in regional soccer. He was the first head coach of the NASL Seattle Sounders…

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