Offensive punch on the way for Tacoma Stars

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The Tacoma Stars have announced the return of International soccer player and
Washington native Mike Ramos to the roster for the 2018-19 Major Arena Soccer League season. In 21 appearances for the Stars, Ramos netted 11 goals along with five assists during the 2015-16 MASL regular season and playoffs. Ramos dazzled MASL defenses, while becoming an instant fan favorite with his last-second goals.

Ramos has found success in both the indoor and outdoor game. A Seattle University alum, Ramos was selected by Toronto FC in the 2015 Major League Soccer draft. Along with games with the Seattle Sounders FC 2, Ramos has seen action with the Puerto Rico National Team as well.

Stars coaches will be looking for Ramos to increase the offensive production of the team this coming season. Head coach Darren Sawatzky said “Mike represents the northwest and the Tacoma Stars. He was a huge piece of the 2.0 version of professional indoor soccer here and he can score goals. We are very excited to bring Mike home and have him light up the stat column for us.”

Tacoma fans are already excited about the addition of Ramos, considering the fact that the Stars have also re-signed leading scorer Nick Perera. The two players have never shared the field together and the offensive possibilities from the combination should be mouth watering.

Perera joined the Stars last season and appeared in 12 games after arriving via trade with the Syracuse Silver Knights. Perera scored 20 goals to go with 10 assists in uniform with Tacoma after notching six points in three games with Syracuse. In 93 career MASL games Perera has 93 goals and 83 assists for 176 points.

I’m very proud and excited to be playing for the Tacoma Stars this season,” said Perera. “I felt an immediate connection with the players, fans and the organization. It’s a privilege to work with such wonderful people. Special thanks have to go out to Coach Darren Sawatzky and Lane Smith for welcoming me into the Tacoma Stars family.”

Also returning for the Stars will beFederal Way native Troy Peterson. The hard-nosed defender appeared in all 22 regular season games last season as well as every playoff game. In those 25 games, Peterson notched five goals and six assists for a MASL career high 11 points.

One of the anchors of a tough Tacoma defense, Peterson has played in 44 games for the Stars over his two seasons totaling 15 points. For his MASL total, he has 54 games to his credit with nine goals and eight assists.

“Troy is a steady force for us with the Stars and we are happy to have him back,” said Sawatzky. “You always know what you are getting with him and occasionally he scores a goal or makes a tackle that keeps you in the game. Troy epitomizes this new generation of the Stars and having his local presence for years to come will be important for us.”

The Stars have also extended the contract of Sawatzky and all-world goalkeeper Danny Waltman for another two seasons.

Having the opportunity to work with the Tacoma Stars and build something the fans can be proud of is very humbling,” said Sawatzky. “We all appreciate the opportunity and really look forward to building on the pieces that got us into the playoffs last year. A big thank you to Lane Smith for bringing back the Stars and giving us the reins to build a winner.”

Per MASL and team policies, terms of the coaching and player financial agreements were not disclosed.

In additional MASL news, the league has welcomed back the Dallas Sidekicks after a year away from competition. Tacoma indoor soccer fans are well-acquainted with the Sidekicks, as the club from Dallas edged the Stars for the 1987 MISL championship in overtime in front of an all-time, indoor soccer attendance record of 21,724 fans in the Tacoma Dome.

The Stars are making it easy to guarantee Opening Night seats plus tickets to two additional matches with a special three-game pack. Catch all the action of three big games starting at just $55.

Deposits are now being taken for 2018-19 Tacoma Stars season tickets. Guarantee your seat to all the action by calling 1-844-STARS-84 or go to www.tacomastars.com.

Tacoma Stars games are streamed live on www.masl.tv with live stats available at
www.maslsoccer.com.

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