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Tacoma Tide soccer team seeks new investors to avoid folding

The Tacoma Tide soccer team of the Premier Development League will go out of business unless new investors are found, the club said.

Meanwhile, a group called Tacoma Soccer Leaders has been created for the purpose of finding investors or a new owner to keep the club alive, perhaps even in a nearby community such as Puyallup or Sumner.

The team of mostly college-age players averaged 126 fans for the eight home games of its recently completed season, according to the website. That ranks sixth among the eight teams in the PDL Northwest Division. Portland led the league with a 1,531 average.

The club suffered through its worst season (1-10-5). The Tide began play in 2006 at Curtis High School. It split last season between the Stadium Bowl and Curtis.

Owner Mike Jennings had said in May that this would be a make-or-break season.

“At six years, we’re the oldest team in our division,” he said. “It’s crazy, but that’s the nature of these kinds of things. I have to look at it with my eyes open. ...

“The subplot of this thing is: Does the local community – a Tacoma or Everett or Bremerton – really want to have a local team that they think can grow into something, or do they just want to go watch the Sounders?”