Tacoma, WA---Tacoma Tide FC of the Premier Development League (PDL) have asked over thirty players back after two open tryout sessions at Stadium Bowl on April 2 and April 3. During the sessions players fought to catch the attention of Head Coach Gerry Gray, Club Owner Mike Jennings and General Manager John Callaway. The atmosphere was professional and the competition was spirited. It took the full two tryout sessions and meetings that followed with Tide staff to decide which players would get a further look out of an initial group of nearly 60.
Amongst the trialists whom Tacoma will ask back is former Seattle Seahawks player and Washington State Cougar Football star Michael Bumpus. Bumpus has recently played for the BC Lions of the CFL and the Arena Football League Spokane Shock. Bumpus was an premier soccer player before turning to football in high school. He lists his soccer playing position as defensive right back.
The Tide did not have the time they would have liked to observe the six goalkeepers who attended the tryouts, so they have asked them all back for further looks. The goalkeepers asked back are Brian Lawson, Will Luca, Javier Mancilla, Fabian Morales, Elmer Rodriguez and Ryan Thompson.
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The defenders asked back are Jeff Bader, Michael Bumpus, Luciano Da Costa, Brandon Henry, Russ Hippensteal, Carlos Portillo, and Devin Thomas.
The midfielders asked back are Jimmy Baggett, Adam Bettencourt, Sam Freedman, Daniel Gray, Drew Jensen, Ricky Morales, Tomas Ramirez, Max Thomas, Micah Wenzel and Ben Wilmot.
The forwards who get a return request are Jesse Clark, Jesse Jensen, Gunnar Johannesson, Marty Klingebiel, Leland Matthaeus, Joshua Peters, Ivan Popov, Joseph Snow, Alex Vogt and Casey Woodruff.
“It was nice to see the large turnout and the quality of players was better than I had anticipated,” Tide Head Coach Gerry Gray notes of the sessions. “This will make narrowing the selection process over the next month hard but this is a good thing in the long run.”
“We will be starting practices this week in preparation of our upcoming preseason games against Gonzaga, Saint Martin’s and the University of Washington. These games will separate the men from the boys because these teams are all worthy competition and there are players on these opponents that want to play with the Tide. Which ever way our first results go, it appears that we have the capability of fielding a strong, competitive team and I look forward to the season ahead.”
Tide General Manager John Callaway took in the tryouts from the pitch at the new home of the Tide, Stadium Bowl, and liked what he saw both on and off of it. “The Tide would like to thank the trialists for their passion and their play. Never did we expect to be asking as many back as we have. We'd also like to thank the volunteer staff for making the tryouts run smoothly and professionally. We appreciate the good will and momentum the Tide are being given this year by those closest to the club, as well as by the city of Tacoma.”
Up next for the players who have been called back is a full practice on Thursday April 7.
It is likely that at least a few of those called back will see match action when the Tide host the Gonzaga University Bulldogs on April 16 at 2:00 PM at Stadium Bowl in Tacoma's first preseason match.