by Pete Richmire

TACOMA, WA. - Tacoma continues to solidify their team for the upcoming MASL season and announced they will be welcoming back midfielder Raphael Cox. Per team and league policies, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Stars Head Coach Nick Perera praised Raphael Cox’s renewal: “Raphael is an elite player with incredible pedigree, and an invaluable member of the organization. Bringing Raphael back was a priority for the Stars. He can play anywhere on the field, he’s technically excellent, he can score, he can defend and he’s lightning quick. We are all very enthused he’s coming back!”

Cox, a Tacoma native, has played a total of 53 games for his hometown team with 30 goals and 17 assists in those matches. His elite-level soccer play began as a standout for Stadium High School in Tacoma. He played one year for Highline Community College before transferring to the University of Washington. As a Husky, Cox was twice recognized with All-Pac 10 honors and in his senior year he was named to the All-Pac 10 First Team.

Following his collegiate career, Cox was drafted and played for Real Salt Lake of the MLS and made his debut in 2009 against the Seattle Sounders FC. After his time with Real Salt Lake he played in the North American Soccer League with the Atlanta Silverbacks and Tampa Bay Rowdies.

In 2019 Cox found his way back to the purple and gold when he was named an assistant coach with the University of Washington Huskies.

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