by David Falk
The Tacoma Stars love their fans. More and more we are seeing signs that soccer fans are loving the Stars right back.
The Tacoma Stars Satellites have added a new dimension to watching indoor soccer. They are a supporters group bringing outdoor soccer chants, tifo and signs indoors. Friday night when the Stars made their Major Arena Soccer League debut at Kent’s ShoWare Center the Satellites stood behind the south goal the entire match, banging drums, leading chants, singing about Tacoma.
Just before kickoff something wild and wonderful happened. Fans in the rest of the arena started clapping along to the drum beat coming from the supporters. Then the match was underway, and there were ooohs and aaahs as shots whistled wide, hit the boards, barely missed their target. There were boos on calls that went against the Stars. There were roars of approval when the Stars scored. Overall, there was a tangible sense of support in the air…support that seemed filled with love.
Tacoma lost the match 8-3, yet the fans on hand still applauded. 885 had paid to get in, and with over 130 on the guest list, well over 1,000 were in-house. Did they rush for the exits? No. Something wild and wonderful happened. Hundreds of fans packed the concourse to greet the players. Hundreds stood in line for autographs. There was a buzz in the air. The Stars players loved it. The Stars front office noticed the vibe. “This warms my heart,” said General Manager John Crouch.
Fan passion is at the heart of the revival of the Tacoma Stars. This reborn club will go as far as the community embracing it can take them.
After the response on “opening night” of a new era, everyone can afford to dream of a time when the Stars and their fans will go very far, indeed.