American Soccer League (1976)
Born: 1976 – ASL expansion franchise.
Died: November 1976 – The Tides cease operations.
Stadium: Cheney Stadium
Owner: Booth Gardner & Tacoma Baseball, Inc.
The Tacoma Tides were a One-Year Wonder that competed in the American Soccer League in the summer of 1976. The lower-division soccer club was jointly owned by Booth Gardner, a future Governor of the state of Washington, and the operators of the Tacoma Twins minor league baseball team. The Tides shared Cheney Stadium, the city’s baseball field, with the Twins.
The Tides were a good side in their only year of action. The team finished 10-6-5 and earned a playoff spot, losing to th eventual champion Los Angeles Skyhawks in the semi-final match. English import David Chadwick was the Tides’ leading scorer with 9 goals and 8 assists. Future U.S. National Team coach Bruce Arena was the Tides’ second string goalkeeper, but he bulk of the net duties were handled by lower division warhorse Jamil Canal.
The Tides lost a reported $100,000, which was deemed unacceptable and the club was shuttered in November 1976.