The Portland Timbers U23s came into the PDL the year after the 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. Wednesday night June 8th 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 $5.00.
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. He was the back-up goalkeeper for the Kitsap Pumas in 2010. Defender Sean Morris is a Seattle University guy.
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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 fansTwo 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 6 when the Tide host Portland at Stadium Bowl (7 PM kick off) can get a free appetizer from Doyle's Public House (over 21) when they show up at the pub by 6 PM. The "Stroll to the Bowl" where fans march to the match leaves Doyle's at 6:40 PM.
On Sunday the Tide host the Victoria Highlanders at 2 PM. 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.
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