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Tacoma Tide opens tonight at Stadium Bowl

Here's a preview story we ran in our Thursday paper.

Also, here is the website for Tide FC.

And for the SeaWolves (with their interesting crest).

Here's additional information from the club:

Friday May 13, 2011, 7 PM, Stadium BowlNorth Sound SeaWolves at Tacoma Tide FCUnited Soccer Leagues PDL %orthwest Division MatchTickets: $10, $8, $5 Gates open 6 PMAll fans wearing Yellow get into the opener for $5Parking: Free parking at Stadium Bowl GarageGiveaway: 2011 Home Schedule PostersUpdates:

A special night in Tacoma sportsTonight Tacoma Tide FC will play their first-ever match within the City of Tacoma. USL soccer arrivesin the City of Destiny after the club played their first five seasons at Curtis High School in UniversityPlace, WA.

Before the match the Brown Bag Brigade is organizing the first-ever “Stroll to the Bowl.” Fans canwalk to the match together through historic Stadium District and down to the Bowl. The Stroll willleave from Doyle's Public House, The Hub and The Parkway. Fans are encouraged to do their prematchpints and then follow the leader from these locations.

To honor the occasion of soccer in the city Tide players will deliver flowers into the stands just beforekick off. Fans hoping to get a cut bloom should sit as close to the field as possible.

After the match 2011 Home Schedule Posters will be distributed and fans will have a chance to gettheir posters signed by players down on the Stadium Bowl field.

About the MatchThis will be the first match for the Tide this season. The North Sound SeaWolves opened their seasonlast Saturday with a 0:0 draw in Everett against Washington Crossfire. The SeaWolves are the formerYakima Reds and were moved to Everett this year by owner and head coach Alex Silva.

North Sound features former USL Seattle Sounders favorite Craig Tomlinson as well as former EnglishPremier League (Blackpool FC) midfielder Adam Nowland. The SeaWolves have former Tide defenderVlad Voin on their roster. Vloin plays for St. Martin's in Lacey but is an Everett native.

Earlier this week the Tide announced their 22-man roster heading into tonight's match. The rosterincludes 9 players from South Sound and 7 current or former University of Washington Huskies.The Tide will rely on the midfield distribution of Daniel Gray and the experienced forward play ofChris Sanders and Spencer Schomaker. Tacoma gets exciting wing play from Chase Tangney. Ondefense the Tide hope to form a fast unit from a mixture of returners such as Steve Pirotte and newguys like UW's Taylor Peay.

Hundreds of tickets have been sold or distributed for the game. The Tide are expecting one of theirbigger opening night crowds.