Derek ‘El Tigre’ Johnson re-signs with the Stars


The Stars have announced the re-signing of veteran midfielder Derek Johnson to a new agreement ahead of the 2019-20 MASL season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed per league and team policy.  

Johnson, a Tacoma native and Pacific Lutheran University alum, will begin his sixth season with the team when the Stars get underway in November. He appeared in 14 regular season games for Tacoma in 2018-19 picking up three goals and a pair of assists. In 76 career games for the Stars Johnson has tallied 69 points on 46 goals and 23 assists. 

Head coach Nick Perera said this about Johnson’s signing. “Derek exemplifies effort, sacrifice and dedication to improvement. He can score goals and his work rate is unmatched. The organization as a whole is excited Derek is coming back!”  

Stars pre-season friendlies kick off this month. Mark your calendars to be at the Tacoma Soccer Center on Saturday, Sept. 21 as the Stars battle the Narrows FC starting at 7 p.m.

Stars announce 2019-2020 home opener date

The Tacoma Stars have announced their 2019-2020 home schedule will kick off at 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 30. The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) will release the full schedule and the Stars opponents at a later date. In the meantime, fans can already make their plans to be at the accesso ShoWare Center on the final Saturday in November to cheer on the Stars. 

Reigning MASL MVP Nick Perera will begin his first full season as the head coach of the team with a few new faces on his roster, plus some solid veteran leadership from players like Douglas Lima and Alex Caceres. 

Along with some new players, Stars fans can expect a few new teams this season. The Mesquite Outlaws will be making their MASL debut, while Soles de Sonora returns to the league. Both teams will feature in the Western Conference along with the Stars. 

2019-20 Stars season tickets are available now. Call 1 (844) STARS-84 or email to find your favorite seat and make it yours for exciting Tacoma Stars soccer. 

Legacy Memberships are now available for the Tacoma Stars. Guarantee your lifetime seat to all the action by calling 1 (844) STARS-84, or emailing, or go to

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