The fifth season of the Western Indoor Soccer League will be the first season for the expansion side Tacoma Narrows FC. But the new club that will be playing both indoors and outdoors in the City of Destiny will play in a familiar venue with some familiar players to Tacoma fans.
“We have a good mix of experienced indoor players as well as young, hungry players excited to prove we belong in the league,” said team owner/coach Preston McDonald, whose club has been playing in local leagues and tournaments over the past year, first as All-Star Moving and now as Narrows FC, with a goalWA.net LogoWars runners-up quality logo.
Some of those experienced indoor players come from their crosstown rivals, the Tacoma Stars Reserves, who joined forces with Narrows to share the Tacoma Soccer Center for practices, doubleheaders during the season, and a joint tryout.
“We will rely on experience from former Stars Reserves players Alex Vogt and Jay Weinman,” continued McDonald. “And we will heavily rely on league veteran Nathan Salveson’s leadership and wealth of knowledge.”
Vogt scored five goals for the Stars Reserves since joining the club during the 2015-2016 season and Weinman scored once last season. But both will get the opportunity to play much larger roles for Narrows, as will many of their teammates including Eli Peterson and JC Henson.
Salveson helped found the Oly Town Artesians as their first head coach/player before moving to Bolivia to play soccer for a couple years. The former Milwaukee Wave keeper was in goal for Olympic last season and won Defensive Player of the Week once for the Force.
The team already has a couple of outdoor trophies in their case, including the 2018 US Adult Soccer Festival in Bellingham. Continuing with the team into the indoor season are forwards AJ Nitzel, midfielder Paul Park, and defender Brandon Blanks, who will have to learn on the job.
“Our biggest challenge will be ourselves,” said McDonald. “We don’t have a season to compare to or many games to compare to, so we have to stay positive and believe in what we are doing. Our priority is to establish ourselves in the league as a contender, win our first two matches and find our rhythm as a new indoor team.”
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