Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Big Strides For Tide In Second Season

Ciaran O'Brien, All-League for TFC.
Jenni Conner/ photo.

It was a very memorable second campaign for Tacoma Tide FC. The club won 10 matches, qualified for the playoffs, drew nearly double the amount of fans they did the first (regular) season, and put a player on the All-League First Team.

Ciaran O'Brien came with new coach and papa Fran O'Brien. What a great package deal for TFC. Fran shaped up the squad and son Ciaran made PDL All-League with his dangerous free kicks, assists and team lead-tieing seven goals.

The Tide drew over 1,000 fans when they hosted the Seattle Sounders on July 7th. That total ensured a big jump in attendance from 2006. Even without the Sounders match the Tide had a big increase. Tacoma averaged 108 fans per match last year in PDL play, and 200 in 2007. Add in the Sounders match and attendance for all Tide matches was 2,604, an average of 289 and an increase of over 200%.

The Tide played exceptionally well at Curtis High School's Viking Field. Tacoma went undefeated at home in 2007 with 7 wins and 1 draw in league to go along with the 2:2 friendly draw with Seattle.

Home league highlights included beating the division champion BYU Cougars 2-0 and qualifying for the playoffs with a 5-0 thrashing of Yakima.

Hosting the Sounders brought more people out to see TFC and the club responded with a great performance, losing the win only in the last few moments and ending up drawing the USL-1 powerhouse Seattle team 2:2.

The Tide were disappointed to see their playoff run end early in Fresno against the Fuego. The match was 1:1 going into overtime before the Tide fell 4:1.

TFC are already looking forward to 2008. They'll be active in the off-season drumming up more support. Also watch for the debut of a new club crest that incorporates the name "Tide," and the birth of the first TFC mascot, tentatively called "Riptide."

We've updated our Tide Museum Page for 2007.