TACOMA, WASH.—The Tacoma Stars are headed back to the professional indoor soccer ranks. Effective immediately, the Tacoma Stars will replace the Seattle Impact in the Major Arena Soccer League. Lane Smith, owner for the Tacoma Stars, purchased the rights to the team this week.
The MASL Stars will make their debut Friday January 16 at 7:30 PM at the SMG-managed ShoWare Center in Kent against the indoor powerhouse San Diego Sockers. Tickets to Friday’s Stars-Sockers match are available online at http://www.ShoWareCenter.com. Many tickets are half price and the Stars invite fans to celebrate the sport of indoor soccer buy allowing kids 12 and under in free on Friday with a purchase of an equal number of adult tickets (redeem at box office.) All prior tickets purchased for the Seattle Impact will be honored fro the remaining schedule.
The Stars have been, and will continue to, compete in the Western Indoor Soccer League, a highly competitive regional amateur league, where they are 5-0-0 in league play and 8-0-0 in all competitions while also competing in the remaining games for the MASL season.
The staff and team for the Stars will stay intact and the players will be moving with the organization to the next level. With a short lead time before the Friday match the Stars will be looking to revive an old mainstay rivalry with the Sockers that dates back to the 1980s.
“We want to do the right thing for the soccer community and our Tacoma Stars team has been growing with each week so this decision made sense,” said Smith. “We are very excited to partner with the ShoWare Center and work to build the Stars brand in the years to come. I remember watching the Stars in the past and we are seeing that level of excitement return to our loyal fan base.”
The Stars are led by former Seattle Sounder Darren Sawatzky and general manager John Crouch,
“I look forward to the challenge of continuing to develop all of these players. We look forward to the challenge of stepping up and competing in the MASL, and still meet our original goal of winning the WISL championship,” said Sawatzky.
“We are excited to be working with the Tacoma Stars ownership during this transition,” said ShoWare Center’s General Manager, Tim Higgins. “We look forward to seeing the continued growth of professional indoor soccer in Kent for many years to come.”
The original Tacoma Stars were founded by the late John Best and made their debut in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) back in 1983 at the Tacoma Dome. The MISL era for the Stars lasted nine seasons until 1992. In 2004 a group of local players took the name “Tacoma Stars” and formed a team in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL), eventually moving up and playing three seasons in the Professional Arena Soccer League. In the summer of 2014 Lane Smith bought the rights to the name “Tacoma Stars,” and the Stars revived by helping found the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL). The Stars still have three matches and playoffs to complete their WISL season. The WISL Stars play at the traditional training home of the professional Tacoma Stars, the Tacoma Soccer Center.