The Seattle Stars will try to return to the Final this season. They will have an incredibly deep roster to do so.
TUKWILA, WA— Seattle Stars had an unforgettable 2017 season, rising from the bottom to the very top of the Northwest Premier League table. The club made it all the way to the Final before hosting and then falling to the Washington Timbers 2-1 at Starfire Sports Stadium. The club suffered a tragedy when player Haylei Hughes fell to her death near the end of the regular season. Head Coach Chris Wells was named 2017 NWPL Coach of the Year. Now the Stars are looking ahead to competing for another Finals appearance in 2018.
Starfire is Home
The Stars will open their season on May 12 in Bremerton against the Olympic Force. Seattle’s home opener comes on May 19 when they host a rematch of the 2017 NWPL Final as the Washington Timbers pay a visit. “The most exciting news for us this season is the move to the stadium at Starfire for our home games,” Seattle Stars Head Coach Chris Wells says. “With the new surface and great setting, we are thrilled to make that our new home for this season and the future.”
“It’s going to be great season for the fans! Seeing how much all the clubs improved last year and the new players coming in this year, plus the great additions of Capital FC and Blackhills SC, we are excited to see how competitive and strong the league has become. The parity in the NWPL is great and there are definitely going to be surprises across the league this year.”
Preseason wraps up
The Stars were all around the state in preseason, including trips to Ellensburg to play Central Washington’s Wildcats and the annual trek to Port Angeles to play in the Rumble in the Rainforest. The club also notched an eye-opening 1-0 win over D2 school Seattle Pacific University.
“Preseason went well for the Stars,” Wells says. “We have been going for a little over a month now and excited with the foundation we have built going forward. Coming into this last year, building a foundation was a big goal of ours and it’s getting better and better.
The NWPL adopted the slogan and hashtag #OurTime this year. Wells says the sentiment behind it is important. “Our time can have so many meanings. When I look at it, I feel it represents the growth of women’s soccer as a whole. Just five years ago, there weren’t many opportunities on the women’s side to continue in the summer as a college or post-college player. It’s great that the NWPL, WPSL, UWS and NWSL exist now and the opportunities they are providing that others didn’t have before.”
Wells is certainly trying his best to make opportunities with the Stars. He has a spreadsheet of players numbering around 60 that he uses to keep track of his recruits (see list below.) Seattle will see a large number of players and talent over the spring and summer.
2018 Seattle Stars
Head Coach: Chris Wells
Associate Head Coach: Justin Izutsu
Assistant Coach: Elliot Enoye
Goalkeeper Coach: Rhys Salmon
Home Games: Starfire Sports Complex Stadium
Ticket Prices: TBD
Seattle Stars Working Player List 2018
Highlighted (yellow) are expected to be involved most of the season.