It was a successful and bittersweet season for many high school boy’s soccer teams in Tacoma. While four of the six Tacoma schools made the post-season, each squad lost heartbreakers to end its State Tournament hopes.
The 3A Narrows champion Wilson Rams had to win its final game of the regular season to hold off a surging Foss Falcon squad that briefly knocked Wilson out and took over first place just two weeks prior. Mount Tahoma was a thorn in the side of each team it played as the season wore on, keeping scores low with their strong defense and finding just enough offense to earn a district playoff berth.
4A Bellarmine tied in the final game of the season with league-leading Gig Harbor, dashing hopes of a two-seed to the playoffs and instead settling for a four-seed and ultimately a penalty shootout loss at districts. Lincoln and Stadium fought through rebuilding years, but offered-up plenty of excitement and positive prospects for next season.
To celebrate the fine play and exceptional skills of Tacoma’s best soccer this season – the Tacoma Weekly decided to do away with the usual First, Second and Honorable Mention format for the Boys All-City Team. Instead, we created two fictitious soccer all-star clubs and drafted players back-and-forth from a pool of the best talent.
Thus was born the 2014 Boys All-City Teams – the Football Club (FC) of Destiny and the Grit City FC. Seventeen top-notch players per squad and all well-deserving of their spots.
FC of DESTINY
GK - ALEK GREENLEAF - WILSON FR
DF - TONY NGUYEN - MT. TAHOMA JR
DF - JUAN MURPHY - WILSON JR
DF - TONY VILLEDA - FOSS SR
DF - AUSTIN YON - STADIUM SR
DF - PEDRO RAMOS - WILSON JR
DF - JORDAN WILLIAMS - BELLARMINE SO
MF - JOSE RAMOS - FOSS SR
MF - MUNASSAR SALEH - WILSON JR
MF - PHILIP GYAMFI - LINCOLN SR
MF - DREW BARKER - BELLARMINE SR
MF - JORDAN RAMIREZ - FOSS SO
MF - AARJAY NARAYAN - WILSON JR
FW - LOUIS FOX - WILSON JR
FW - ERIC MUSICA - BELLARMINE SR
FW - VITALIY DIMOV - MT. TAHOMA JR
FW - HUNTER HWANG, JR. - STADIUM JR
GRIT CITY FC
GK - SERGIO BARAJAS - FOSS JR
DF - NICK RHODE - WILSON FR
DF - TYLER SWENDDAL - STADIUM SR
DF - SCOTT SHEERER - WILSON SR
DF - JORGE TREJO - MT. TAHOMA SR
DF - DARREN YANN - FOSS SR
DF - BAILEY LARSON - BELLARMINE SO
MF - IAN KARANJA - MT. TAHOMA SR
MF - OSWALD RAMOS - WILSON SR
MF - RENE RAMOS - FOSS SR
MF - DAVID VASQUEZ-PINOL - LINCOLN SR
MF - PABLO RAMOS - WILSON FR
MF - ISAAC RUSSELL - BELLARMINE SO
FW - JESUS PEREZ - FOSS JR
FW - KENNETH BWANIKA - WILSON JR
FW - GABE CASTILLO - STADIUM JR
FW - LUKE WITKER - BELLARMINE JR