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Sockers at Stars tonight (yes in 2015)

StarsMASLOne of the classic rivalries of the old MISL resurrects tonight as the San Diego Sockers meet the new MASL Tacoma Stars at 7:30 in their new home, the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Here is the TNT story on how this came about. And below, a few notes from the club:

The Tacoma Stars jump into professional indoor soccer tonight against perennial powers San Diego Sockers. It's a quick ascent for the Stars, who have played 8 matches since re-forming late last year.

Tacoma is 5-0-0 in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) and 8-0-0 in all matches, including a 7-4 win over Seattle Impact FC back on October 25. That's the same Impact FC that Stars owner Lane Smith has purchased to gain entry into the MASL.

Dominant SockersThe last time the Tacoma Stars played the San Diego Sockers in a league match was back in 2013. The Stars finished that year in the Professional Arena Soccer League with a winning record, but were blasted twice by the Sockers, 15-5 at the Tacoma Soccer Center on 12-1-2012 and 14-4 in San Diego on 12-15-2012.

The Stars have yet to beat the Sockers in any recent era. In 2011-12 the clubs met four times in the PASL. The Sockers swept all four, home and away, 8-3, 13-6, 13-10 and 9-4.

In 2010-11 The Stars and Sockers played three times. San Diego won a close 8-6 battle at home and then later came to Tacoma for a set of two matches in which they beat the Stars 13-4 and 5-0 in a rare indoor shutout (both at the Tacoma Soccer Center.)

Current LeadersThe Stars are currently being led in goals by forward Derek Johnson, who has 13 over allcompetitions. Johnson is a Tacoma native who attended Pacific Lutheran University. Kyle Danielson and Chris Raymond have 5 goals each.