The Tacoma Stars host former Major Leauge Soccer superstar Landon Donovan and the San Diego in their MASL regular-season home finale Sunday.
The Kent-based Stars (10-10) and Pacific Division-leading Sockers (17-1) kick off at 5:05 p.m. on Fan Appreciation Night. The first 1,000 specators who come through the accesso ShoWare Center doors will receive a Stars team photo.
In four games for San Diego, Donovan has four goals and seven assists.
Considered one of the best outdoor players in U.S. men’s soccer history, Donovan signed with the Sockers on Jan. 12 and picked up an assist in a 6-4 win over Tacoma in his first game with San Diego. In his next game, a 13-2 win against Turlock, Donovan scored the first of his two goals just 12 seconds into the match.
A four-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Award, Donovan is the all-time USMNT leader in assists and is tied with Clint Dempsey as the all-time leading scorer for the team. He is the only U.S. player to reach the 50 goals and 50 assists mark.
The Stars have their own former MLS star taking the field in Lamar Neagle, a Tacoma native who led Thomas Jefferson High School to a state title his senior year.
Neagle spent most of his MLS career with the Seattle Sounders FC and sits fourth on the club’s all-time leading scorer list.
The Stars are led offensively by player-head coach Nick Perera, who tops the MASL in scoring with 63 points this season. He also leads the league with his 35 assists and is in the top five with 28 goals.
Mike Ramos remains on a streak for the Stars. He has 13 goals and three assists over his last four games and has scored at least one goal in seven straight games.
The recent return of goalkeeper Danny Waltman from an injury has boosted the defense
The Stars finish their final three regular season games on the road as they battle the Ontario Fury for the division’s second playoff spot.
For tickets call 1-844-STARS-84 or go tacomastars.com.