In 1988, when Tsuchida was a Osaka University of Economics student, he was elected for the Japan national "B team," for 1988 Asian Cup. At this competition, he played one game. After graduation, he joined the Japan Soccer League club, Mitsubishi Motors (later Urawa Reds) in 1989. He played many matches as a goalkeeper from 1991. In 1992, the Japan Soccer League folded and the J1 League was founded. He battled with Yuki Takita for the top position for a long time. He played as a regular goalkeeper in 1994 and 1995. However, he lost the regular position due to an injury in 1996. Opportunities to play decreased thereafter. He retired in the year 2000 along with Takita.