Tacoma Stars Host Invitational Trial

by Brett Gleason

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma Stars hosted an invitation-only trial on Friday, September 4 attended by 25 local athletes seeking an opportunity to join the Stars in preseason activities.

The Stars are currently in the process of building their roster in advance of their first full season in the Major Arena Soccer League. The club recently held a tryout open to the public and will host another open trial on Friday, September 25.

“The trial game this past Friday gave us another opportunity to see players in a competitive environment,” Stars Head Coach and General Manager Darren Sawatzky said. “Some of the players earned their way into preseason camp and others will be signed in the coming weeks.”

In additon to filling out the club’s MASL roster, there is also an opportunity to add talented players to the reserve-level Western Indoor Soccer League roster.

The Stars roster currently consists of three local players with extensive professional soccer experience - goalkeeper Danny Waltman, forward Derek Johnson, and midfielder Joey Gjertsen form the core of the club’s roster.

“We need to add some players from outside the area, but the local guys have shown well and we want the best connection to our community we can have,” Sawatzky said.

Additional player signings and schedule information for the 2015-16 season are expected to be released in the coming days.

Season ticket packages, group outings, and suite offerings for the Tacoma Stars 2015 season are available now. To purchase, call 1-844-STARS-TIME or visit the Stars online at www.tacomastars.com. The most up-to-date news and notes about the Stars leading up to the start of the 2015 season can be found by following the Stars on Twitter (@TacomaStarsSC) or liking the team on Facebook.