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Aug. 13, 2011 at 10:08am

Tacoma about to lose soccer club

Tide put up for sale after six seasons

Tacoma Tide FC have one foot on a soccer ball, and the other in the grave today as the club announced the team will fold unless they can find new owners.


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Hey, look, coverage from the TNT (smirk):




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Jul. 6, 2011 at 7:55am

Tide announce "South Sound Soccer Sunday"

July 17 International Friendly + Sounders Women in one double header!

Tacoma Tide FC News Release -- www.tacomafc.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

TACOMA, Wash. -- Tacoma Tide FC today announce South Sound Soccer Sunday to be held July 17 at Curtis High School's Viking Stadium. The event will be a soccer double header featuring a W-League match between the Seattle Sounders Women and Colorado Force at 1 p.m. and an International Friendly between Tacoma Tide FC and English side Port Vale FC at 4 p.m.

South Sound soccer fans can buy a single ticket for entry to both matches online through brownpapertickets.com.

“We are very excited to be bringing this event to the greater Tacoma area,” said Tide owner Mike Jennings of the Sunday spectacular. “First fans will get to see the highest level of women's soccer in the Northwest, and then they will see what we believe is a first for our community...an international friendly with a historic English club taking on our hometown side.”

The Seattle Sounders Women are preparing to host the W-League Championships at the end of July at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila, Wa. The match against Colorado will be an important stepping stone towards gaining playoff form.

Port Vale FC will be making a historic journey to Tacoma as part of their 2011 North American summer tour as they prepare for the upcoming Npower League 2 season. Head coach Micky Adams has recently brought in a slew of new talent that he undoubtedly will want to see on display during the Valiants' tour.

“This is an important day for soccer in South Sound, and for the Tide,” concluded Jennings. “We are reaching out with this great event to see how much support we can achieve.”

Tide return to Curtis High School

South Sound Soccer Sunday will be held at Curtis High School in University Place, near Tacoma. The Tide recently moved the final four home matches of the season back to the venue, which was the club's original home between 2006 and 2010. Viking Stadium is located at 8425 40th Street West in the Tacoma suburb.

Other Ticket Options

Fans wishing to buy tickets for just the Sounders Women against Colorado Force on July 17 can do so at this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/185630

Fans wishing to buy tickets for just the Tacoma Tide FC v. Port Vale FC match on July 17 can do so at this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/182778

League Matches at Curtis in July

Tacoma Tide FC have three United Soccer Leagues PDL home matches left to play this season at Curtis High School: July 8 against the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency at 7:30 p.m., July 10 against the Abbotsford Mariners at 2 p.m. and July 22 against the Washington Crossfire at 7 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to go to www.Facebook.com/TacomaTideFC to print out coupons for buy one ticket, get one free, for all remaining home PDL matches.


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Jun. 21, 2011 at 7:34am

Tide averaging 173 fans per match at Stadium Bowl

Club plays tonight at 7 PM ---BYOB!

Hey Tacoma! The Tide are at home tonight (June 21, 2011, 7 PM) against the North Sound SeaWolves at Stadium Bowl.

Bring some bubbles and you can get in for only 5 smackers!

Tide in the News:

Puget Sound PDL clubs still looking for bigger crowds

Tacoma Tide fall 4:0 to Timbers U23s at Kiggins Bowl

North Sound SeaWolves double up Tacoma Tide, 4:2


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Jun. 15, 2011 at 9:22am

Tickets on sale for Tide international friendly with Port Vale

Yellows v. Valiants July 17 at Stadium Bowl

Tickets on sale for Tide international friendly with Port Vale

Tacoma Tide FC today announce that tickets for the club's July 17, 4 PM international friendly with Port Vale FC of England are now on sale online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com, search phrase: “Port Vale.” Tickets are $10, general admission, all ages (under 5 get in free.)  The match will be hosted at historic Stadium Bowl in downtown Tacoma.

Port Vale FC were established in 1876, and currently play in the Npower League Two in the English football system. This previous year the Valiants finished 11th in the table.

Port Vale are one of the few English league clubs not to be named after a city or town. The name Port Vale exists on maps pre–dating the 1876 formation of the club, and is a reference to a valley of ports on the Trent and Mersey Canal, associated with the city's pottery industry. They have played more seasons in the second tier of English football (41) than any other club who have never reached the top tier.

The Valiants will be touring around Puget Sound as they prepare for their new season. The side will also visit the Kitsap Pumas in Bremerton and the North Sound SeaWolves in Everett. The most-recent Port Vale roster featured 16 Englishmen. Vale's scoring leader this season was Marc Richards, who scored 20 goals in 46 appearances. Justin Richards was second with 14 goals in 50 matches. The two are not related.

The match will mark the first-ever international friendly for Tacoma Tide FC. Known as “The Yellows,” the Tide were formed back in 2006, and are currently playing their sixth season in the United Soccer Leagues PDL, considered the 4th division of soccer in the USA.

Visit www.TacomaFC.com for all the latest Tide news, and click over to the Tide Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TacomaTideFC for ticket deals and special promotions.

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Jun. 10, 2011 at 9:54am

Tide + Doyle's + Pint = Free Pretzel

A coupon in Sunday's roster card

Sunday June 12, 2 PM Matinee at Stadium Bowl.

Adult tickets are $10 at the gate, only $5 with a Gibson's Frozen Yogurt receipt!

In Sunday's roster card: a coupon for a free pretzel at Doyle's when you buy the pint of your choice (21 and older)



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Jun. 9, 2011 at 10:50am

Tide can't catch Timbers

Now 0-6 all time against PDX

Timbers top Tide again

The Portland Timbers U23s visited Stadium Bowl on June 8th and ran over Tacoma Tide FC by a final score of 4:1. The Yellows have never beaten Portland in six tries over three seasons.

The Tide continued a troubling pattern by surrendering another goal by the ten-minute mark. It was 1:0 Timbers when Miles Byass scored on an unassisted shot in the 10th. It was already the sixth goal on the season scored by a Tacoma opponent in the 10th minute or earlier.


Byass doubled the Portland lead in the 52nd when he scored again on an assist from Brent Richards.

The Tide are still getting used to the shorter field dimensions at Stadium Bowl, but their opponents are feasting on the tight settings. Tacoma have been outscored 12-4 in three home matches. “We knew going into the season that our back line was an area of concern,” assistant coach Mike Jennings said after the match. “We lost Elliot Morton to an injury, and we’ve tried several different combinations back there since then. The visiting sides are taking advantage of the field better than we are, using their speed to arrive at the goal before our defenders can.”

The U23s out-shot the Yellows by a whopping 20-5 margin and put the match on ice with Ricky Abrego’s goal in the 71st. Tacoma answered back with another penalty kick goal by Daniel Gray in the 74th. It was Gray’s fourth goal of the season, all coming from the spot.

Within a two-minute span as the match reached the 80th minute the Tide had two chances to make a final push. First a goal was called back for offside, and then midfielder Micahel Uyehara was wide open at the six yard mark in front of the Portland goal but his shot sailed over the crossbar.

Portland produced the final result with a penalty kick of their own in the 86th. Steve Evans converted for the U23s.

The Tide fall to 1-3-3 on the season while the Timbers jump back into second place in the Northwest Division with an overall mark of 4-2-1.

Tacoma hosts the Victoria Highlanders Sunday June 12th at 2 PM at Stadium Bowl.

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Jun. 8, 2011 at 12:00am

Yellows tackle Portland tonight at Stadium Bowl

Tide have never beaten the Timbers U23s

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Portland Timbers U23s came into the PDL the year after the Tacoma Tide won the 2008 Northwest Division crown. Since that 2009 season the clubs have met five times and Tacoma has yet to taste a victory. After four straight one-goal heartbreakers against the U23s, Tacoma fell again this year on May 29th 2-0 down in Oregon. On Wednesday night at Stadium Bowl the Yellows will try again for a breakthough result. Tickets, $10, $8 & $5 will be available at the gate.

Fans bringing any kind of noisemaker (cow bell, horn, clacker, even pots and pans) get into the match for only $5.

Timbers' young guns

The Timbers U23s were perhaps one of the biggest soccer stories of the year in 2010, when they went undefeated and won the PDL National Title. They did it with much help from University of Washington forward Brent Richards, who won the PDL MVP award. This year the U23s already have two losses on their record, but still sit in third place and within reach of one of the two division playoff spots.

Portland features a roster of the young and the veteran. Scot Thompson, a long-time USL Timber, is listed on the roster. So are newer talents such as Washington's Nick Palodichuk, who plays for Duke and has also seen time with the Sounders Academy. Some fans may recognize Garrett Staples, who was the back-up goalkeeper for the Kitsap Pumas in 2010, while defender Sean Morris plays for Seattle University.

Rising Tide

Tacoma will need a near-perfect effort to earn their first triumph over the Trees, but signs are hopeful that such a performance could be near. After adding Vanya Popov (defender), Facundo Dispascuale (midfielder) and Michael Uyehara (midfielder) to their roster, the Tide took to the road in British Columbia and came back with four points after a 1-1 draw in Vancouver and 4-3 win in Abbotsford.

While the troubling habit of surrendering early goals remains, the ability to come from behind is also ever-present. Chris Sanders leads the Yellows with four goals. Daniel Gray has three on 100% shooting from the penalty spot. Cam Vickers is back from college and adding important elements to the attack. Uyehara is a new danger on the left.

Treats for Tide fans

Two Tacoma Tide business partners are helping the soccer club treat fans as a part of this week's home matches. Fans wearing yellow on Wednesday June 8 when the Tide host Portland at Stadium Bowl (7 p.m. kick off) can get a free appetizer from Doyle's Public House (over 21) when they show up at the pub by 6 p.m.. The "Stroll to the Bowl" where fans march to the match leaves Doyle's at 6:40 p.m.

On Sunday the Tide host the Victoria Highlanders at 2 p.m. Fans will find a coupon in the match program for a free pretzel at Doyle's when they buy a pint of their choice (over 21). The entire family can get ten percent off treats by showing their Tide match roster at Gibson's Yogurt in the Stadium District. Gibson's sales receipts can also be redeemed at Tide matches for $5 entry per person for one or even a group of fans, a savings of up to 50% off regular ticket prices. Visit www.TacomaFC.com for all the latest Tide news.

NOISEMAKER NIGHT: June 8 v. Portland
Bring a noisemaker, get in for only five bucks!

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Jun. 6, 2011 at 6:26am

Tide grab first win with 4:3 thriller in BC

Tacoma again rallies, this time all the way

Tacoma Tide FC keep falling behind and coming back. On Sunday afternoon in Abbotsford, British Columbia, the Yellows fell behind early again before coming all the way back for a 4:3 victory over the Mariners. After six matches Tacoma have one win, two losses and three draws.

The home side started brightly and in the early stages Abbotsford scored not one but two goals to take a quick 2:0 advantage over Tacoma. “We got off to another bad start,” said Tide assistant coach Mike Jennings. “Their second goal woke us up.” Chris Sanders brought the Tide to within one at about the 20 minute mark with his third goal of the season.

It was 2:2 about ten minutes later when Michael Uyehara, getting his first start for the Yellows, collided in the box with a group of defenders and the Mariners' goalkeeper. He leveled the match on a flick-in. “Uyehara played well in left midfield,” Jennings noted. “Along with the goal he also had some excellent crosses.” Still, the Tide managed to fall behind again after the Mariners scored to make the halftime score 3:2.

Cam Vickers crossed to Chris Sanders, who put Tacoma level at 3:3 midway into the second half. Then with just under 15 minutes remaining Abbotsford were called for a penalty kick. Daniel Gray, who had converted a PK on Friday in the 89th minute at Vancouver to help the Tide draw that match 1:1, stepped to the spot again, and again put a marker up for the Tide. The 4:3 scoreline held up as Tacoma notched their first PDL win of the 2011 season.

“It feels like a weight is off of our shoulders,” Gray said of the first victory. “We kind of gave them two early goals, but to our credit we fought back.” Gray suffered a head gash on Friday and went to Burnaby General Hospital to get nine stitches on his forehead. He says the cut did not effect his play on Sunday. “This time around I hit the ball towards the bottom left,” he said of his winning goal. “The goalkeeper moved the other direction.” Gray crossed the border back into the USA with the Tide with a bit of extra paperwork. The Canadian hospital required a large deductible to do the stitching procedure. The paperwork will allow Gray and the Tide to file an insurance claim back in the States.

The Tide host the Portland Timbers U23s on Wednesday night June 8 at Stadium Bowl at 7 PM. All fans bringing any kind of noisemaker get in for only five bucks. “We feel good after this win,” concluded Gray. “We battled the Timbers well down there last week in a 2:0 loss. This time we think we can make it even closer.”

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Jun. 5, 2011 at 8:10am

Bleed Yellow

(or in this case, red)

Daniel Gray of the Tide clanked heads with a Vancouver Whitecaps player during Tacoma's 1:1 draw on Friday in BC. Here are some photos of the aftermath.

The Tide are home this Wednesday night June 8 at 7 PM at Stadium Bowl against the dreaded Portland Timbers U23s.

Bleed Yellow! (but *not* literally)

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