by Pete Richmire

TACOMA, WA. – The Stars have announced that Raphael Cox is set to return to the accesso ShoWare Center pitch with the team for the 2018-19 Major Arena Soccer League season. Per team and league policy terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Cox, who also is the Director of the Tacoma Stars Youth Academy, played in all 22 regular season games last season, plus the three post-season matches as well. He picked up 24 points (18G-6A) in those 25 games. 

He is a Tacoma native who played a season with Highline Community College before transferring to the University of Washington. In 2009 he was drafted by Real Salt Lake and saw playing time with the team that won the MLS Cup.

For his MASL career, Cox has appeared in 40 games and averages over a point-per-game with 29 goals and 12 assists good for 41 points.

Head coach Darren Sawatzky sees the impact Cox brings to the Stars attack. He says, “I would argue that the 2017-2018 season was the best of Raph’s career in soccer. He was dangerous from day one and scored some very important goals for us as we fought our way into the playoffs. Considering his career and the championships he has won, having him back in our team adds a dimension to the attack that makes the games exciting and gives us a chance to score at will.” 

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