The recent shake-up on the Seahawks roster got you concerned? Never fear—there’s another professional sports team with a community of die hard fans ready to take you in. And did we mention it’s just around the block?
The Tacoma Defiance are gearing up for their 8th season as a professional American soccer team, coming off of their most successful run since the organization’s debut back in 2015. With roots in Tukwila, the Tacoma Defiance are the reserve team for Seattle Sounders FC that provide the surrounding community with an exciting alternative to tier 1 sports that’s far more accessible and affordable for the average attendee. Many Sounders stars got their start wearing the Defiance jersey, like Jordy Delem, Josh Atencio, and Danny Leyva.
The fan base has grown steadily over the years, sticking with the team through thick and thin, cheering on their favorite players at both Starfire and Cheney Stadium. Last season, Sam Adeniran took fans on quite a ride by breaking the team record for most goals in a single season, landing a total of 13. Now, the team is making headlines once again with their recent announcement to join the inaugural season of MLS NEXT Pro.
The newest professional men’s soccer league in the U.S. and Canada, MLS NEXT Pro is the missing link that completes a pathway to the pros for rising stars. The league is also a great way to invigorate communities and introduce the youth to healthy lifestyles. As a commitment to this initiative, ticket sales for all Tacoma Defiance matches held at Starfire for the 2022 season will benefit RAVE foundation—the official charitable arm of Seattle Sounders FC that uses soccer as a way to support local communities.
The exciting new era begins this March as the Tacoma Defiance along with 20 other clubs battle it out to be the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro champs.
A total of 10 games will be played at Starfire this year. Catch their first match March 27th vs. Real Monarchs at Starfire Sports Complex.
View their upcoming schedule and buy tickets here!