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Tide Roster Grows by Four

Tacoma Tide FC raise their total of rostered players to ten today with the announcement of four more Yellows. Joining Tacoma for the 2011 PDL season will be Steve Pirotte, Tony Armitage and Washington Huskies Spencer Richey and Quinton Beasley.

Steve Pirotte, DefenderSteve Pirotte made a big impact in his first year with the Tide in 2010. The 5-10 defensive back played around 1,000 minutes for the Yellows. Pirotte played for Mount Rainier High School, then Highline Community College before experiencing further success with Concordia University in Portland. Pirotte, from SeaTac, WA, has played outside back for the Tide but his versatility allows him to alsoplay in the midfield and overlap on the attack. Tacoma Tide's YouTube page at now features an interview with the just-signed defender.Tony Armitage, DefenderTony Armitage is a 5-10, 160 pound, tough as nails defender who plays his college soccer for the St. Martin's University Saints of Lacey, WA, where he is a junior. Armitage is from Auburn, WA. He is one of only two Saints to play in every match for the school last season. Armitage played in ten matches for the Tide in 2010. He lists his soccer role model as Irish striker Robbie Keane.Spencer Richey, GoalkeeperSpencer Richey returns to the Tide in 2011 after sharing time in goal as part of a three-keeper rotation in 2010 for Tacoma. Richey ended with a goals against average of 1.00 for the Tide last year. The young star then took over as the main starter at the University of Washington, where he started ten matches. Richey has been on the soccer fast-track since his days with Crossfire Premier (Redmond). The 6-1 netminder moved to Florida when he was 15 to train with Bradenton Academics. He has played for both the U-17 and U-20 US National teams.Quinton Beasley, ForwardNew to Tacoma this year is University of Washington forward Quinton Beasley. The 5-11, 165-pound Beasley was named the “Most Improved” Husky in his breakout sophomore season of 2010. Beasley scored the overtime winner for Washington against San Diego State on November 7th. Quinton's soccer career includes success at Camas High School and for Columbia Premier Soccer Club. Beasley was also a running back for the Camas High football team. In a recent interview Beasley said “You must have the confidence to know that you will be a champion, as well as work as hard as possible. I want to leave the legacy of a hard working student-athlete."

Wear Yellow, get into May 13 Home Opener for five bucksThe Tide are counting down to their league and home opener, to take place at Stadium Bowl on Friday, May 13 at 7:00 PM against Everett's North Sound SeaWolves. All fans wearing yellow to the historic first match in Tacoma-proper will be admitted for only $5 each at the gate.

Tide on TV 12 TacomaTide owner Mike Jennings and head coach Gerry Gray were recently guests on TV 12 Tacoma's CityLine show. The show is available for viewing online by following the link at

Watch for season preview in Tacoma WeeklyTacoma Weekly Sports Editor Jeremy Helling spent time at Tide practice last week as he researched his 2011 Tacoma Tide FC preview. The article will appear in next week's Tacoma Weekly sports section.

Tide featured on Examiner.comThe Tide were featured this week in an article on looking at the club's big move to Stadium Bowl.