Stars Sign Legacy Midfielder, Veteran Goalkeeper

by Brett Gleason

TACOMA, Wash. -- Tacoma Stars Head Coach and General Manager Darren Sawatzky announced today the signing of legacy midfielder Duncan McCormick and goalkeeper Chris Kintz.

McCormick, 19, is the son of former Stars player Dick McCormick, who played for the club from 1989-91. The Seattle native is a former Sounders Academy standout who made 23 appearances last year with Seattle Sounders FC 2 in the United Soccer League.

“Duncan is a clever player who I have worked with at a lot of levels,” Sawatzky said. “He played his first professional season this last year in the USL with the S2 after finishing up with the Sounders Academy. He is an incredible competitor who understands the game of soccer at a high level and will fit nicely into the group we have assembled.” 

“I’m excited to be with the Stars for their first full professional season,” McCormick said. “There’s a long off-season for the USL, and playing with the Stars keeps me fit and sharp. I’m eager to work with Darren and the quality players within the organization to enhance my game.”

Kintz, 33, played for numerous iterations of the Stars in the past and has also spent time with the US National Arena  Soccer Team. A native of Tacoma, Kintz logged 354 minutes in the net for the Stars last season, racking up 114 saves and a save percentage of .651.

“We are happy to bring Chris back to man the nets this winter with the Tacoma Stars,” Sawatzky said. “Between Chris and Danny we have two of the best in the business and the competition will make them both better as we head into our first MASL season.”

“I am looking forward to playing for the team I grew up watching in the Tacoma Dome for so many years and representing my home town,” Kintz said.

The Stars open their 2015-16 season, the club’s first full season in the Major Arena Soccer League, with a home contest against the Sacramento Surge on Nov. 6 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.

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