The Tacoma Tide is discussing a working agreement that could bring the Premier Development League team under the Seattle Sounders FC umbrella.
“We’re having some conversations about that,” Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said today. “… We’ve had discussions about ways in which we might be able to partner together on our academy kids that go off to school.”
Last season, Sounders draft choice Bryan Meredith spent most of his rookie year in goal for the PDL Kitsap Pumas before returning to the Sounders. However, Hanauer said that kind of relationship with the Tacoma team would probably rare. Typically, players who fail to make an MLS roster would want to join the NASL or USL Pro leagues, which can offer not only a salary of $1,500-$3,000 per month, but also more games than the PDL, which is a mostly amateur league playing a 16-game schedule from May to July.
In November, ownership of the Tacoma Football Club – which runs the Tide and Seattle Sounders Women – was transferred to Lane Smith of Tacoma and Cliff McElroy, with former owner/operator Mike Jennings maintaining a minority stake.
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Contacted tonight, Smith said he would prefer to have Hanauer speak on the topic.
The Tide had previously announced that it is looking for a new home field somewhere in Pierce County after playing most of its six seasons at Curtis High School in University Place and part of last season at the Stadium Bowl in Tacoma.
If the deal with the Sounders goes through, the club could get not only a new pitch, but new rave green kits along with a new name -- perhaps Sounders U-23.
“I think that’s a possibility,” Hanauer said. “It’s something that we’ve discussed. We have to dot the I’s and cross the T’s and make sure the legal department goes through everything. … But yeah we’ve talked about some kind of Sounders moniker connected to the team.”