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1976 Tacoma Tides

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Tacoma TidesAmerican Soccer League (1976)

Born: 1976 – ASL expansion franchise
Folded: November 1976

Stadium: Cheney Stadium

Team Colors:

Owner: Booth Gardner & Tacoma Baseball, Inc.

ASL Championships: None

 

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 the 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 the bulk of the net duties were handled by lower division warhorse Jamil Canal.

The Tides lost a reported $100,000. This  lub shuttered in November 1976.

 

Tacoma Tides Memorabilia

 

In Memoriam

Tides founder/owner Booth Gardner passed away on March 15, 2013 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 76. Seattle Times obituary.

 

Links

American Soccer League Media Guides

American Soccer League Programs

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Written by AC

April 9th, 2015 at 12:36 am

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