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Tide getting ready for fourth season

I stopped by Curtis High School tonight, where the Tacoma Tide was practicing for its coming PDL season.

This season will be unlike any other, as the Tide suddenly has lots of company in the Northwest with new teams in Seattle, Bremerton, Portland and Victoria. That should make for some good rivalries and save on travel expenses, but it also could make it difficult for the Tide to find players capable of living up to the club's recent on-field successes.

In any case, they'll get a look at their rivals early: the season opens Wednesday at Starfire against the Seattle Wolves, then visit the Kitsap Pumas a couple of nights later, before playing their home opener against Cascade on May 17.

More info later, both in the paper and on this blog.