David Falk has followed soccer in the Puget Sound region since 1974. This blog covers Sounders FC, local college soccer, Seattle Wolves FC, Tacoma Tide FC and Kitsap Pumas. Send tips or comments to: goalseattle@gmail.com
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Seattle Soccer Examiner

Thursday, December 18, 2008

W-League Sounders kept afloat by Tacoma Tide owner Jennings

A few days ago when the United Soccer Leagues W-League (Women's League) announced their 2009 alignment local fans were surprised but happy to see that the club called "Seattle Sounders" was returning despite the previous owners and 'angel investors' going on to Major League Soccer with Sounders FC.

Don Ruiz has uncovered the riddle of how the women are returning, and it has a surprise twist. Mike Jennings, owner of Tacoma Tide FC, has bought the club to keep it going.

“After the Tide’s inaugural season in 2006 I have thought seriously about adding a W-League team under the Tacoma Football Club banner,” Jennings said in a press release. “Just as with the men, there are many capable and talented women who are in need of quality training and competition through the summer months.”

Ruiz reports the club may alter its name to fit into the Tide family, but will still call Starfire Sports Complex home.

Tukwila Tide, anyone?

Here's the full press release.
Here's the league release from USLsoccer.com

Photo credit: Rick Morrison, 2008.

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