Sometimes the star of a match for one of our local clubs comes from just around the block. Other times, they might even come from half-way around the world. This week’s Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) Players of the week are from Scotland and the Slovak Republic. Bellingham United’s Richard Henderson (Dundee) and Tacoma Stars Reserve’s Michal Mravec (Žilina) are this week’s offensive and defensive honorees.
OFFENSE – Richard Henderson, Bellingham United
The Oly Town Artesians have seen enough of Scottish-born Richard Henderson. He has scored back-to-back hat tricks for the Hammers against them, including Saturday January 16 at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Henderson got three more in an 11-4 BUFC win to raise his WISL total to 11 goals, just one behind leader Gus Bermudez of the Olympic Force.
28 year old Richard has been in the states since college, and even played a bit indoors in the PASL for the Illinois Piasa. He’s also played professionally outdoors in his home country. He’s helping the Hammers make a run at the top spot in the upcoming WISL playoffs.
DEFENSE – Michal Mravec, Tacoma Stars Reserves
Michal Mravec was on the pitch last season when the Stars Reserves won the first Western Indoor Soccer League Championship match. After playing outdoors in the NASL with the Atlanta Silverbacks he’s back in the Northwest and making good impressions in a bid to be on the professional MASL Tacoma Stars.
“Michal is a tough, physical defender with exceptional ball skills and distribution abilities,” says Stars Reserves head coach Joe Jarzynka. Last weekend his experience was needed as Tacoma was up 7-2 and then had to hold on to a 7-5 win over the Vancouver Victory. “His calm demeanor and confidence on the ball under pressure help slow the game down for everyone on the field,” Jarzynka says. “We expect to see Michal playing at the professional level in the near future.”