Lots of bits and pieces from local soccer clubs and round the globe:
Sounders: With one game left, the club needs to draw 51,896 to set yet another MLS single-season attendance record. That game is the season finale -- Oct. 25 vs. RSL with CenturyLink open to full capacity -- and the club seems confident they’ll top their own record of 748,652 set in 2013.
MLS also announced that the next Sounders game -- Oct. 18 at Houston -- will kick off at 2 p.m. and be shown on ESPN.
Seattle Reign: The Seattle Reign announced its team awards today: Kim Little was MVP and for goal of the year, Lauren Barnes was named top defender, Beverly Yanez top attacker, and Keelin Winters unsung hero.
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Tacoma Stars: The Major Arena Soccer League team announced three more signings: defenders Jeff Bader and Trevor Jensen, and midfielder Cam Vickers.
Here’s the release from the club:
Tacoma Stars Head Coach and General Manager Darren Sawatzky announced today the signing of defender Jeff Bader, defender Trevor Jensen, and midfielder Cam Vickers to the club’s 2015-16 roster.
The three join the Stars as they continue to prepare for their first full season in the Major Arena Soccer League. Tacoma will open the season on Oct. 24 with a road contest against the Dallas Sidekicks.
Bader, 33, returns to the Stars after playing for the club last year. The Tacoma native’s indoor soccer resume includes time spent with the Ontario Fury of the MASL. Bader split his four years of collegiate soccer between two local colleges, first at Tacoma Community College and then with The Evergreen State College. The defender won two men’s championships with the Stars in 2004 and 2010 while the team played in the Premier Arena Soccer League.
“Jeff has been a local indoor player for years and played with us last year on the Stars,” Sawatzky said. “His veteran presence and ability to score from long range gives us yet another nice piece to the puzzle.”
“I feel very excited and fortunate to be able to continue my career, representing my home town, with the Stars,” Bader said. “Although we are a new team, I think that the experience and talent level of the players we have signed thus far, matched with our coaching staff and relentless work ethic, will give us what it takes to surprise teams out of the gate and have a successful season.”
Jensen, 24, played the last two seasons for the Kitsap Pumas of the Premier Development League and was an instrumental part of a 2014 Pumas squad that finished first in the PDL Northwest Division and reached the league championship. Jensen is a native of Chula Vista, California and played collegiately for Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
“Trevor was a stalwart holding midfield player for the Pumas against our Sounders U-23 team the past two years,” Sawatzky said. “He is very good defensively and he builds well in the attack. We will have him play a few roles for us this winter.”
“I am excited for the challenge,” Jensen said. “The Stars have been around a long time and are a great organization. I want to thank Darren and the rest of the organization for believing in me. I am looking forward to a great MASL season in Tacoma.”
Vickers, 26, recently wrapped up a season playing for Arizona FC of the United Soccer League. The native of Lake Tapps, Washington played collegiately at Sonoma State University and has spent time with the Portland Timbers U-23 squad in the PDL. Vickers played for the Stars last year and spent time with the Tacoma Tide from 2008-11.
“We are looking at attacking teams this year in different ways,” Sawatzky said. “Cam is a quick, clever player with a lot of experience and we will look to him to create scoring opportunities for us.”
“I am excited to be signing with the Stars,” Vickers said. “I’m looking forward to getting back with the good group of players Darren has brought in and representing my home town.”
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.