Very few people know the intricacies of the Tacoma Soccer Center goals quite like Aaron Anderson does. He’s relied on this metal frames and darted back and forth between them for years. They are unique to the building.
“The goal boxes in Tacoma are unique because they are small and they are mine!” laughs Aaron. “I love these goals because I and the original stars (Mike Dowler, Chris Vaccaro, Joey Papaleo) have played here a very long time and feel very comfortable between the pipes.”
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The Tacoma Stars feel quite comfortable themselves having Aaron in goal. He knows the pipes, knows many of his teammates well, and knows the indoor game. He’s ready to once again put on Stars colors and represent Tacoma.
“I am very excited about the Stars returning,” Anderson says. “Especially with the ownership and men behind the scenes. They want nothing but the best for the club, players, fans and city.”
Anderson’s career in soccer is local and global. “I started off with some Puyallup outdoor rec leagues, then off to the MCE Troubleshooters under Greg Dillard, who made me who I am now. Greg also coach me at Rogers High School. During high school I went to Europe a couple times and played in England, Sweden, and Denmark under Brad Benson. (PJ Vargas played on the younger team.) After high school I went back to Sweden and played with a few teams for a short while. Eventually I played for American Samoa’s national team in New Zealand and Papa New Guinea.”
While Aaron makes noise with his big saves, he’s not a”yeller” back there. “I as a goalkeeper am usually quiet unless the obvious is out of order, then I speak up. I let my players just play and I adjust to the situation as it plays out.”
Aaron has a championship already with the Stars. “I played for the Tacoma Stars for a few years when we won the PASL National Title in 2010. Then I moved over to my family—the South Sound FC Shock—from 2011, until now.”
“One of my highlights would have to be in 2013 with the South Sound FC shock winning the PASL NW Division and going to San Diego with a stellar group of guys. Also just playing with these guys over the years has been great. Watching the young ones mature into some very good, talented players. And of course watching John Crouch start this team and watching it go through the roof. He is a very good and impressive friend of mine!”
Aaron and the Tacoma Stars will host Seattle Impact FC of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) on Saturday night October 25 at 7:30 PM in the Tacoma Soccer Center. This will be a great chance to catch the first public appearance and return of the Tacoma Stars before they begin play in the Western Indoor Soccer League! It’s Seattle v. Tacoma and it’s going to be fast action and fun.
Tickets are available online right now by going to www.TacomaStars.com and clicking on “Tickets.” Adults – $10, Seniors – $5, Youth ages 5 to 12- $5, Under 5 – Free.
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