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Tacoma Tide home tonight vs. rival Kitsap

Friday night May 27 at 7 p.m. at Stadium Bowl Tacoma Tide FC will host their rivals from across thebridge in the first match of the third season of the Narrows Bridge Bell.

The match will also count towards qualification for a United States Open Cup berth.

The Narrows Bridge Bell was founded back in 2009 when the Kitsap Pumas joined the PDL. Some Tacoma Tide fans in Kitsap County got behind the new local team while others stayed fans of the Tide. Still others support both teams to this day. The Bell was began to honor both teams and sets of fans. The winner is the club that scores the most combined goals over the two matches the teams play each year. The Tide and Pumas will conclude the Bell on July 2nd in Bremerton.

The Kitsap Pumas are two-time winners of the Bell, taking the series 5 goals to 4 in 2009 and 6 goals to2 in 2010.

The Tide and Pumas are both still alive in the race for the single United States Open Cup berth awardedin the Northwest Division. The prestigious tournament is a national phenomenon with local ties. SeattleSounders FC of Major League Soccer have won the Cup two years running (2009, 2010). The PortlandTimbers U23s lead the NW PDL cup race with seven points. Kitsap Pumas have four and the Tide havetwo. If Tacoma can upset both Kitsap and Portland (on Sunday, May 29 in Oregon), then the Tidewould win the race with eight points.

Tickets to the Tide- Pumas match are available at the Stadium Bowl gate for $10 (adults), $8 (students),and $5 (youth). Kids under five get in free.