TACOMA, WA — It’s never a sure thing when it comes to PASL soccer. This year the Premier Arena Soccer League Northwest Division has once again seen its share of issues. First there was the sporadic presence of the Seattle Impact FC reserves, called “Impact Premier.” The original plan was for a full Impact reserve side to compete against the Olympic Force, Snohomish Skyhawks, Vancouver Tropics, Tacoma Galaxy and Seattle Sporting in a six-club NW Division. The Impact Premier played just one match as the parent club struggled in the pro MASL. All other matches are listed as 3-0 forfeit losses.
When the Seattle Impact were sold to Lane Smith and rebranded as the Tacoma Stars, yet another shift occured in state elite indoor soccer. Marian Bowers, who operates the Pacific Sports Center and who owned the Tacoma Galaxy of the PASL, folded her club and resigned as regional manager of the PASL NW in January, 2015. This meant the PASL NW was down to four clubs and those sides had matches to make up for two dead teams.
Into the scene stepped the South Sound Shock, who are planning to cover the remaining matches on the Tacoma Galaxy schedule. The Shock recently played the Snohomish Skyhawks to a 4-4 draw. They will host the Olympic Force on January 31st. SSFC was a member of the PASL NW until helping found the WISL with the Tacoma Stars this season.
It’s all in motion, just like the indoor sport itself, but there are signs that the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL), already more stable after less than one complete season, might expand in 2015-16 to accommodate the current PASL clubs that want to continue on.
John Crouch owns South Sound FC, which also competes in the outdoor Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA.) Crouch is also the General Manager of the (newly) MASL Tacoma Stars. Further, he’s the Commissioner of the WISL. One way things could go is that the WISL becomes the lone indoor presence in the Northwest at the semi-pro level. The South Sound Shock could return as a WISL club and as the Tacoma Stars reserves. Further, the entire WISL could be a feeder system for the Stars. Questions remain. Would the MASL be OK with a WISL affiliation when (as of now) they also operate the PASL?
As for the Shock…and Stars…they will be stretched to the limit on the 31st. The MASL Tacoma Stars will play in San Diego that night against the Sockers. The WISL Stars will play in Bellingham against Bellingham United. The South Sound Shock will host the Olympic Force. There is a group of about 40 players currently training at the Tacoma Soccer Center who will distribute out to fill the roster of the three teams in play that day.