Oct 092017
 

Each year, a special gift is presented to individual teammates of the Portland Thorns by Rose City Riveters. This year’s gift was particularly exceptional.

Player Gift: Coins designed by Riveters Matt and Hannah.

Player Gift: Coins designed by Riveters Matt and Hannah, and created by ADX Portland.

All work was done by the Makers Collective at ADX Portland. The coins’ imagery and wording were designed by Riveters Matt and Hannah, which was laser etched into rosewood rounds from a 25 y/o rose bush native to North Portland. The boxes are Douglas Fir, aged 10 years and seasoned for five.

The box is made from 5 year seasoned Douglas Fir.

The box is made from 5 year seasoned Douglas Fir.

The Riveter crest on top is silk screen printed with a gold and gunpowder grey ink finish, and the message inside the lid is one of unity with the players and the club. The top and bottom are held together by magnets, and the rosewood coin rests in a black, felt-lined setting.

Inside of gift box.

Inside of gift box.

 

Hope you enjoyed this little peek at just one of many small facets of Rose City Riveters support. Thank you to those, named and unnamed, who contributed their time and talent to this worthy project.

Oct 022017
 

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Hayley Raso has won the 2017 Rose City Riveters Player of the Year award. Nearly 550 votes were cast this year, and Raso registered 38% of the vote.

During the 2017 regular season, Raso has scored 6 goals and has had 3 assists. While her second year on our squad, this was a breakout season for Raso. Her heart and grit won our hearts over. When her physical play was rewarded with a 1 game suspension, the whole stadium showed their support of her by sporting red bows in their hair, beards, or caps.

The Riveters will always remember the role Raso played at Memorial on August 26th, where she got her first NWSL brace and helped the Thorns earn their first win in that godforsaken stadium.

This year’s award was assembled by our friends at ADX Portland, with a hand37373017096_56cfeeaa2d_omade rose generously donated by a local craftsman.

Past Rose City Riveters Player of the Year Winners:
2016 – Emily Menges
2015 – Michelle Betos
2014 – Vero Boquette
2013 – Karina LeBlanc

Sep 112017
 

It’s that time of the year! While excitedly anticipating the playoffs, we still take a moment to reflect upon the season thus so far, and how each player has contributed to Portland Thorns FC’s overall success.

To that end, it’s time to poll all of you. Who is your “Player of the Year”?

Click here to vote.

The poll will close soon, so don’t delay.

The player with the most votes will be honored Saturday, September 30th. See you there!

 

Noon on a Monday.

 Posted by on September 28, 2016  Editorial, Players  No Responses »
Sep 282016
 
The 2016 NWSL Shield winners arrive home to begin preparations for the first home playoff game in Thorns franchise history.

When people ask me about the differences in supporting the Timbers and the Thorns, I give complicated answers about the different fan bases and supporters groups, and the intersections and overlaps of the two, and demographics and visibility and growth and whatnot.

But then I find myself at the airport just after noon on a Monday to greet a team who’s just won a league Shield and I forget all those things.

It’s not about the number of butts in seats. It’s not about who sells how many jerseys. It’s not even about that Shield.

It’s about support.

We will be there, win or lose. We will be there, rain or shine. We will be there.

There were somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 of us at PDX Monday afternoon to greet the team as they arrived home as 2016’s NWSL Shield winners. They looked tired from their travels, but happy to be home, and ready to get to work preparing for Sunday’s playoff match, the first home playoff match for the Thorns in franchise history.

The 2016 NWSL Shield winners arrive home to begin preparations for the first home playoff game in Thorns franchise history.

The 2016 NWSL Shield winners arrive home to begin preparations for the first home playoff game in team history.

There in the picture, among stalwart supporters and national team members, is one of the littlest Riveters, Harper. She’s new to us, but to me, she represents future generations of players and supporters.

She wore sparkly shoes to the last home match. She sat on her dad’s shoulders and waved a flag as the team came off the field. She’s one of us. She’s all of us. She’s just a tad shorter. But someday, she’ll kick a ball on that field or design tifo that’s raised in the stands. Next level, next generation support.

Next-gen Riveter Harper.

Next-gen Riveter Harper.

Last we checked, there were still a few tickets left for Sunday’s match. Go get them. Bring a friend.

Start thinking about what possible excuses you can give your boss should the need for another airport greeting arise.

Aug 312016
 

Time to vote for who has captured our hearts during the 2016 season. We started off with a bang, and the Thorns are racing toward playoffs in a good position.

Take a couple of minutes to think about the player contributions this season and who you want to see honored after the final home match of the regular season on September 11th. Then click here to vote.

Ocho’s Bat Signal

 Posted by on March 13, 2016  Players  No Responses »
Mar 132016
 
Tiffany Weimer at the 2013 NWSL Championship

Tiffany Weimer at the 2013 NWSL Championship

Please donate $8 or more, if you are able, in order to help Tiffany Weimer, her fellow players, and host family recover from a devastating fire. https://www.gofundme.com/nwslfirefund

Ocho. Tiffany Weimer may have worn #19 on the pitch for the 2013 NWSL Championship winning Thorns FC team, but supporters who followed her career closely knew that Tiffany’s nickname was Ocho, and that she has a specific affinity for Batman. Tiffany scored the monumental tying goal in the sweltering heat of the semifinal game at Kansas City and she was an enormous reason why there is a star above the Thorns crest and a banner hanging in our stadium.

Tiffany also wrote eloquently during the end of our inaugural season about the Superheroes tifo and what it was like to feel the kind of support we are known for in Portland. Tiffany’s post is a great reminder why we do what we do, and you should read it all. This section is especially pertinent today:

Imagine doing what you love for a living. Then imagine 15,000 people cheering you on every time you land a plane or publish a book. Or whatever it is you love doing.

Then imagine your competitor trying to bring you down. And those same 15,000 people standing behind you saying “no, honey, you need to take a step back, this is our house.” And that happening every single day. And even if you make a mistake on the job, like the best friend that will always tell you “you were too good for Zac Efron anyway”, they will show you unconditional love like you’ve never experienced.

When someone has your back, you truly feel like you can do anything. Your superhero superpower is invincibility. You’re untouchable. Being on a field competing in an arena like professional sports, there’s nothing more powerful.

tiffw Earlier this afternoon, we learned that Tiffany Weimer and her fellow professional soccer players Tori Huster and Britt Eckerstrom, alongside Britt’s parents, Pam and Kurt, have lost almost everything they own to a fire. Thankfully, nobody was injured.

One of the images from the aftermath of the fire that has most struck with me is Tiffany’s journal, covered in ash, on top of a book with a sticker of her trademark Batman silhouette.

The signal has been sent for our community to rally and support our superhero once more. Instead of 15,000 people cheering Tiffany on the pitch, we need to stand behind her and those impacted by this horrible event. While it may not be during the course of a game, we know that community during all facets of life is important, especially through trials such as these. We have your back, Tiffany. Once a Thorn, always a Thorn.

Please consider donating $8 or more in order to help Tiffany Weimer, her fellow players, and host family recover from a devastating fire. https://www.gofundme.com/nwslfirefund

Art History 101

 Posted by on August 17, 2014  Players, Tifo  13 Responses »
Aug 172014
 

Today’s display was a gallery of art for our players. The main banner image was Pablo Picasso’s bouquet of flowers with a quote which means “Everything you can imagine is real.”

The front banner was based on Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie.

And then there were the two-sticks. Riveters painted a custom banner for each player, and we presented them to the players after the match.

Jackie Acevedo was based on Frida Kahlo’s “Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird”.
Nadine Angerer was based on posters from the Bauhaus school, particularly the work of Joost Schmidt.
Michelle Betos was based on Fernand Leger’s “Woman with a Book”.
Vero Boquete was based on a detail from “Las Meninas” by Diego Velázquez.
Amber Brooks was based on Robert Indiana’s“LOVE”.
Steph Catley was based on Aboriginal dot paintings.
Sinead Farrelly was based on “Portrait of Maggie Wilson” by Frank Duveneck.
Tobin Heath was based on the work of Bob Ross.
Sarah Huffman was based on Raymond Kaskey’s Portlandia statue.
Angie Kerr was based on the work of Patrick Nagel.
Allie Long was based on Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroes.
Nikki Marshall was based on M.C. Escher’s “Hand with Reflecting Sphere”.
Emily Menges was based on the work of Keith Haring.
Jessica McDonald was based on Laylah Ali’s Greenheads series.
Alex Morgan was based on Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.
Rebecca Moros was based on old Samurai woodblock prints.
Courtney Niemiec was based on the work of Roy Lichtenstein.
Mana Shim was based on Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.
Christine Sinclair was based on Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase”.
Kat Tarr was based on Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell.
Hanna Terry was based on “Woman with Braid” by Jacques Lipchitz.
And Rachel Van Hollebeke was based on Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”.

We Louvre our Portland Thorns!

Edit: LOOK at these wonderful pictures on Twitter from @kellehel! If you didn’t see the two-sticks or the front banner, here they are.
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And this one from Amber Brooks shows the big banner, two-sticks, and front banner: looky

Apr 242014
 
Thorns FC inaugural home match, April 21, 2013.
Photo: Luke Fritz

Our fancy new German Ballon d’Or winning keeper Nadine Angerer just finished a Twitter Q&A by asking who would be there Saturday for the Thorns home opener.

Simple answer: we will be.

There’s been a lot of discussion over the last week about support of women’s soccer and what it should look like and whether the league’s marketing efforts are well-placed. Every one of us has an opinion. None of that matters when Saturday dawns.

We stand. We sing. We support. We raise flags and do whatever is within our power to spur our team toward victory. We are at the stadium long before the gates open and we linger after the match until security asks us to leave. We are all ages, all races, all creeds, aligned perfectly for a few hours each week when our team takes the field. This is what support looks like in Portland.

Do you want to be a part of it? As we did last season, the Riveters will be focusing on concentrating support in sections 106-108 of the North End at Providence Park. While the entirety of general admission is set up as standing-singing sections, this is where the loudest of us will be. If you want to sit and watch, you are welcome to do so from elsewhere in the stadium. Flags and banners are welcome here, though if your banner is super huge, you should probably consider hanging it from the front of one of the North End sections. Zip-ties are your friends.

If you’re still looking for a ticket to the match Saturday, please check the Timbers Ticket Exchange page on Facebook. Our friends there have set up event pages for each Thorns match and monitor the page to make sure folks are playing by the rules: face value only. No scalpers.

If you’ve got an extra ticket you can’t use and would like to donate it to the Riveters tifo fund, please email it in pdf form to info@rosecityriveters.org. We will sell these (again: face value) at Fanladen before the match. Fanladen is the home of the 107ist located at 1633 SW Alder, just a few blocks from the stadium.

This year, Fanladen will also be our base for merch sales. If you need a scarf, a patch, a t-shirt or a bandana, you’ll find them here until about 45 minutes before game time and then for a VERY BRIEF time post-match. We’ll open the doors at about 4 p.m. for merch, ticket exchange, and 107ist sign-ups and member services.

Above all else, have fun. Portland is home to a league champion team. We’ve earned this. Let’s enjoy it.

SPEAKING OF CHAMPIONS:

The Riveters will be hosting a photo-opp with the championship trophy and Thorns midfielder Allie Long on Tuesday, April 29. We’ll be set up at Fanladen, and you will need to register in advance. This isn’t a meet-and-greet. There will be limited time to get people through the line for photos so please register ahead of time and be a few minutes early for your time. You can register here.

Scarves up, everyone. It’s time.

 

 

 

 

Aug 022013
 

Christine Sinclair. There’s really no ambiguity about how to say that. That’s pretty clearly a hard /k/ sound in her last name.

Some people call her Sinc. Same consonant sound. No problem.

Now here’s where things get confusing, because there’s no good way to spell her other nickname. The way it usually appears in print preserves the spelling of her name, but violates the rules of English pronunciation. The alternative, using an actual k, looks stupid. Sinky? Okay:

But the thing is, that’s more like how you actually say “Sincy”. Not like this:

no_cinci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course, people started saying it with the /s/ sound around here, and then other people heard that and started saying it too. I think we should stop and fix it.

It’s easy. Just remember, more like this:

catinsink

And less like this:

nosincity

Maybe we could even come up with another chant: