by Pete Richmire

TACOMA, WA.- The Tacoma Stars (6-6) visit the Pachenga Arena San Diego Friday for the final time in the 2018-19 regular season to face the San Diego Sockers (12-1). Friday is scheduled to be the highly anticipated Major Arena Soccer League debut of U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan. The Stars first visit to Southern California resulted in the Sockers’ only loss of the season thus far, a 5-4 decision on December 16. This is the front end of a home-and-home series with the second game coming Sunday at the accesso ShoWare Center at 5:05 pm.

San Diego has a comfortable lead over the second place Stars at the midway point of the season with a five and a half game cushion. The Sockers’ offense is fourth in the league in goals scored with 89 but with the goal keeping of Boris Pardo, their +47 goal differential is the league’s top mark. Brandon Escoto leads San Diego in scoring with 29 points (17G-12A). His 17 goals and 12 assists are also team-high numbers. Kraig Chiles also has 17 goals for the Sockers.

For the Stars, Nick Perera continues to be among the league leaders in scoring, currently second with 37 points (15G-22A). Philip Lund and Mike Ramos sit second on the team in offense with 15 points each. A key to this series may also be in special teams play. Tacoma leads the MASL with its 64.3% success rate while on the power play. This is in contrast to the Sockers’ 25% with the man-advantage. 

With San Diego’s addition of Donovan and the Stars’ acquisitions of Sanaldo, Pablo Da Silva, and Jonathan Greenfield, these two teams can have different looks than the first two meetings of the season. The teams will play for the final time of the regular season on March 31 at the accesso ShoWare Center. 

The Stars take on the Pacific Division leading San Diego Sockers in a home-and-home series this weekend. The first game is Friday in San Diego with kick off scheduled for 5:15 pm PST. You can watch the game live at

The Stars next home action comes on Sunday, February 17 against the San Diego Sockers. Kickoff is set for 5:05 pm. Guarantee your seat to all the action by calling 1-844-STARS-84 or go to

Sunday February 17 is B.E.C.U. Military Night vs the San Diego Sockers. Come join the Stars in honoring the men and women who protect our country!

Bobblehead fans rejoice! The Stars have two Bobblehead Nights on the calendar presented by Sound Credit Union. Friday March 1 is Preki Bobblehead Night and Sunday March 10 is your chance at a Danny Waltman Bobblehead. Simply purchase a 6-game pack or buy a group of 10 or more tickets and one, or both collectibles can be yours. Hurry! Supplies are limited.

There’s still time to purchase 2018-2019 Season Tickets or a Legacy Membership with the Tacoma Stars. Guarantee your seat to all the action by calling 1-844-STARS-84, or emailing, or go to 

Single game tickets to all Tacoma Stars home games are available. Head to to purchase your tickets.

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