Tacoma Tide FC played two matches in British Columbia last weekend and came home with a draw in Vancouver and a win in Abbotsford. Daniel Gray converted important late penalty kicks in both matches to help the Yellows' cause.
On Friday June 3 Tacoma were treated to playing their match with the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency at 27,000 seat Empire Field, the temporary home of the Major League Soccer Whitecaps. Daniel Gray's penalty kick conversion in the 89th minute brought the Tide back to a 1:1 draw. In the match Tacoma played with only ten men for over ten minutes when Gray bumped heads with a Caps defender and received a cut above his right eye. By the end of the match his temporary patch was bloodied and Gray later got nine stitches to seal the wound.
On Sunday in Abbotsford the Tide rallied big for an important first victory of 2011. Trailing 2:0 in the early going Tacoma came back with the help of two goals by Chris Sanders. In the 76th minute with the score locked up at threes Daniel Gray again stepped to the penalty spot. With his newly minted stitches holding in place the midfielder slotted home the winning goal as Tacoma prevailed 4:3.
“It feels like a weight is off of our shoulders,” Gray said of the first victory. “We kind of gave them two early goals, but to our credit we fought back.”
The Tide host the Portland Timbers U23s on Wednesday night June 8 at Stadium Bowl at 7 PM. All fans bringing any kind of noisemaker get in for only five bucks. “We feel good after this win,” concluded Gray. “We battled the Timbers well down there last week in a 2:0 loss. This time we think we can make it even closer.”
Treats for Tide fans
Two Tacoma Tide business partners are helping the soccer club treat fans as a part of this week's home matches. Fans wearing yellow on Wednesday June 6 when the Tide host Portland at Stadium Bowl (7 PM kick off) can get a free appetizer from Doyle's Public House (over 21) when they show up by 6 PM. The "Stroll to the Bowl" where fans march to the match leaves Doyle's at 6:40 PM.
On Sunday the Tide host the Victoria Highlanders at 2 PM. Fans will find a coupon in the match program for a free pretzel at Doyle's when they buy a pint of their choice (over 21).
The entire family can get ten percent off treats by showing their Tide match roster at Gibson's Yogurt in the Stadium District. Gibson's sales receipts can also be redeemed at Tide matches for $5 entry per person for one or even a group of fans, a savings of up to 50% off regular ticket prices.
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