TACOMA, WA—(Stars release) The Tacoma Stars, in coordination with the Major Arena Soccer League, today revealed the club’s complete 2016-17 schedule. Included in the 20-game regular season slate is 10 home matches to be played at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.
The Stars come into the year fresh off a playoff appearance during the 2015-16 season, their first full season in the league. Returning to the club are MASL Coach of the Year Darren Sawatzky and MASL Goalkeeper of the Year Danny Waltman.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to open the season at home, and to build on the momentum we created last year with a postseason berth,” Stars Head Coach and General Manager Darren Sawatzky said. “With a talent-laden roster and an electric home field environment in the ShoWare Center, this team is in perfect position to attain incredible levels of success.”
The Stars will open the year, their second full season in the MASL, at home against Soles De Sonora on Saturday, Oct. 29. Sonora, now a non-divisional opponent, are the defending Western Conference Champions.
“We are excited to build off of our playoff run from last year’s inaugural season,” Stars owner Lane Smith said. “Fans can expect a great, exciting family experience with many enhancements for the 2016-17 season.”
Following the home opener, the Stars will travel south for a weekend matchup against the Turlock Express on Friday, Nov. 4. Tacoma won both of their contests against Turlock during the 2015-16 season by a combined score of 15-4.
The club then returns to the ShoWare Center for a single home game against the Ontario Fury on Saturday, Nov. 12 before departing on a four-game road trip that includes a pair of weekend doubleheaders.
The first stop on the extended road stretch will be against the Dallas Sidekicks on Friday, Nov. 18. The very next day the Stars will travel to take on the St. Louis Ambush on Saturday, Nov. 19, marking Tacoma’s only out-of-conference road match of the season. The following weekend Tacoma will take on the San Diego Sockers on Friday, Dec. 2 and Atletico Baja on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The Stars then return home for a stretch of five consecutive home games, spanning all the way into late January. Ontario will make the trip north to the ShoWare Center for a match on Saturday, Dec. 10, followed by a visit from the San Diego Sockers on Sunday, Dec. 18.
Following a break for the holidays, the Stars will return to action with a Saturday, Jan. 7 matchup against Baja and an inter-conference contest with the Cedar Rapids Rampage on Friday, Jan. 13. The lengthy homestand will wrap up with a heated divisional game against Turlock on Friday, Jan. 20.
Following the extended homestand, the Stars will embark on their third two-match weekend of the season, playing Sonora on Saturday, Jan. 28, and Baja on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Tacoma remains on the road for matches against San Diego on Friday, Feb. 3 and Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 4 before returning home to host St. Louis on Sunday, Feb. 12.
The club’s final road game of the regular season comes on Sunday, Feb. 19 as the Stars take on Ontario.
The Stars wrap up their home slate with a two-game homestand in which they host the Chicago Mustangs on Friday, Feb. 24 and San Diego on Saturday, March 4.
Season ticket packages, group outings, family packs, and suite offerings for the Tacoma Stars 2016-17 season are available now. To purchase, call 1-844-STARS-TIME or visit the Stars online at http://www.tacomastars.com. The most up-to-date news and notes about the Stars leading up to the start of the season can be found by following the Stars on Twitter (@TacomaStarsSC) or liking the team on Facebook.