Two guys with roots in Spokane who also played for the Evergreen Premier League Spokane Shadow in 2014 are joining the Tacoma Stars as professionals in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL).
Elliot Fauske and his famous mohawk have crossed the country from Rochester to Tacoma. Also signing with the Stars is 2014 EPLWA second-leading scorer Mike Ramos. See the Stars’ press release below.
The duo of Fauske and Ramos join the Stars in advance of the club’s first full season in the Major Arena Soccer League. The Stars season begins on Oct. 24 with a road contest against the Dallas Sidekicks and will feature 10 home games played at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.
Fauske, 34, spent the last four years playing in the MASL with the Rochester Lancers and has also logged time with the Kitsap Pumas in the Premier Development League. Fauske played collegiately at Seattle University, where he helped the Redhawks advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight as a senior.
“Elliot is a veteran indoor soccer player that I have known since his days with the Kitsap Pumas,” Stars Head Coach and General Manager Darren Sawatzky said. “He has a great resume as a player and he fits with our philosophy of winning games and winning in the community. I look forward to his arrival and leadership on this team.”
While with Rochester, the Spokane, Washington native earned the club’s Community Dedication Award three times for his volunteer work in the community.
“I couldn’t be happier to be back home in the Northwest playing for the Stars,” Fauske said. “Growing up I would watch Tacoma Stars games and our training facility is the first place I ever played indoor soccer as a kid. I’m looking forward to being part of this club’s continued legacy under the leadership of coach Darren Sawatzky.”
Ramos, 24, comes to the Stars after spending last season with the Kitsap Pumas of the PDL. Born in Spokane, Ramos went on to play collegiately at Walla Walla Community College, Seattle University, and Whitworth University. Coming out of college, he was drafted in the third round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC, but did not sign.
“We faced the Kitsap Pumas twice this past year with the Sounders U-23 team and Mike was a handful,” Sawatzky said. “You can see his quality on the ball and his ability to score in each competition. The future is bright for him and we are glad he will be scoring goals for us indoors this winter.”
“This is a good opportunity to continue playing professionally,” Ramos said. “I have high expectations for the season and will do everything in my power to go win a championship.”
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