Nov 012017
 

We made it a double.

We painted tifo, we sang songs, we supported the Thorns.

We went to Orlando, and we brought back the NWSL Championship trophy.

And now we rest. Kind of. For a few minutes. There is always work to be done.

The application period is open for candidates for the 107ist board. The 107ist, for those of you who may just be joining us, is the operational umbrella covering both the Rose City Riveters and the Timbers Army. It’s what allows us to do all the things we do at the scale at which we want to do them.

Applications are open until Friday, November 10, at midnight and can be found HERE. You must have a current, paid 107ist membership to run.

Being a member of the board isn’t easy and it isn’t always fun, but the board is essential and this year, four positions in the 11-member group are open. Newly elected board members will serve a three-year term, from January 2018 through December 2020.

The candidate forum, where candidates will answer questions from their future constituents, will be November 19 at Artists Repertory Theatre beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Whether voter or candidate, consider carefully. You have the ability to shape the organization going forward.

Oct 102017
 

In-state:

Beaverton:

Craft Pour House, 16055 SW Regatta Ln #700 $1 off in-house draft pours for fans wearing Thorns/Timbers gear https://www.facebook.com/craftpourhouse/

Corvallis:

Corvallis Sports Park (Upper Deck Pub upstairs), 175 SW Twin Oaks Circle (Corvallis) Seats 65

Eugene:

Level Up, 1290 Oak St (Eugene) Seats 100.  facebook.com/leveluparcade

Hillsboro:

McNally’s Taproom,  370 E Main St (Downtown Hillsboro) $1.00 off drafts during the game!  we will grill beer brats and burgers! https://www.facebook.com/McNallysTaproom/

Portland:

Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Ave (Hawthorne District). Seats 85.  Happy Hour food and drink specials plus the 107ist discount ($1 off all draft beer/cider). Pending sunny skies on Saturday, we’ll have our third TV outside. @bazipdx Will have merch

Bridge City Taproom, 620 SE 122nd Ave Hosted by Whipsaws FC. Come join the Whipsaws to watch the NWSL Championship game! Good food, family friendly & Big Screen viewing! Please rsvp to this event on Facebook & post if it will be more than yourself so we can make sure we have enough space for all 🙂

Bullseye Pub, 4835 SW Pomona St. Seats 44, with an additional 34 on the covered patio outside. Happy hour specials during the game for folks sporting Thorns/Timbers gear. https://www.facebook.com/BullseyePub/

Cider Riot!, 807 NE Couch St. Seats 49. Happy Hour pricing for 107ists. @ciderriot on twitter, facebook. cider_riot on instagram

Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop, 621 SW 19th Ave $1 off draft selections for anyone wearing Thorns gear. https://www.facebook.com/thecivictaproomandbottleshop/ or https://www.instagram.com/thecivictaproom/

Gigantic Brewing Co, 5224 SE 26th ave. Barrel room with projector will be open – game will be on main tv with sound as well. 21+

Kells BreweryNW 21st ave. Seats 100.  @kellsbrewery #kellsbrewery Will have merch

Ladd Taphouse, 2239 SE 11th, 10% off total bill for 107ists.

Laurelwood Brewing Co, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd. Seats 60. Special viewing in our upstairs area. Private bar and sound. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Leisure Public House, 8002 N. Lombard St. 10% off beer- find them on facebook

Lightning Will, 305 NW 21st Ave 10% for 107ist – they will reserve back room and move group to front if more than 30.

Mad Greek Deli, 1740 E Burnside St. Seats 125. 10 Wings for $6 & $1 off all pints with 107ist card (except CBD Beer Tap). @MadGreekDeli Twitter/Insta | https://www.facebook.com/MadGreekDeli/  Let’s win it a 2nd time 🙂 Will have merch

Portland Cider House, 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd  Raspberry Cider-mosa pints for $6 facebook.com/pdxciderhouse IG: @pdxciderhouse Twitter: @portlandcider  107ist members get Cider-Mosas for $5, plus the normal 107ist deals (Happy Hour at all times, which means $1 off Portland Cider Co. pints all-day and food specials) AND we’ll have one of the last kegs of 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Two Thorns collab cider with the Portland Thorns on-tap. Minors not allowed after 5 pm.

Punch Bowl Social (Front Office official watch), 340 SW Morrison St, Fl 3.

Rose City Futsal East, 5010 NE Oregon St. Seats 124.  Special Happy Hour; Free Open Play 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm instagram.com/rosecityfutsal

Sellwood Public House

Sunset Division, watching at IBU Pub House, SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. Seats 20+. Please join our group and event with accurate RSVP so we can book accordingly

The Toffee Club, 1006 SE Hawthorne, gameday pitchers for $15. @toffeeclubpdx

Una Mas, 1914 W Burnside St

Salem:

Santiam Brewing, 2544 19th St SE Happy Hour pricing for attendees in Thorns gear. Facebook, Twitter

Vagabond Brewing, 2195 Hyacinth St NE Seats 250. www.vagabondbrewing.com

Out of State:

California:

Christopher’s home (private residence)101 Polk St, San Francisco, CA Seats 20. Welcome expat fans! @cjk4140 on twitter

The Fox & Hounds Pub, 11100 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA  @FoxandHounds818

High Park Tap House, 23641 Via Linda, Mission Viejo highparktaphouse.com

10 Barrel Brewing, 1501 E St., San Diego, CA

Colorado:

British Bulldog, 2052 Stout St, Denver, CO *This is not an official bar event, just some wandering Oregonians in Denver…*

Montana:

Bert & Ernie’s, 361 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT @MT_Volunteers  facebook.com/MontanaVolunteers

 

Riveters merch- including scarves, stickers, and patches- will be available at Kells, Bazi, and Mad Greek Deli.

 

Aug 102017
 
Tickets are now on sale for our second trip to Seattle, on August 26. We will be stepping up our game to have 3 buses to support the Thorns: a Cider bus, Beer bus, and for the first time, an OVERNIGHT bus!
Since the Timbers are playing the Sounders at Century Link on Sunday, August 27th, this overnight bus will stay in Seattle Saturday night, journey to the match on Sunday, then back home with the rest of the Timbers Army buses Sunday night.
Now we just need you, your voice, and your passion for the Thorns (and Timbers)!
The Riveters have purchased Lower Grandstand tickets, just like last time. This means no hiking up to the furthest corner of the stadium. Normally, these tickets are $25 each, but with the group discount, they are $15 each. Here are the details for our group ticket order opportunities:
  • Thorns Match Ticket & Cider/Beer Bus combo – $50
  • Thorns + Timbers Ticket & Overnight Bus combo – $70
  • Thorns Match Ticket only – $15 – LOWER GRANDSTAND. You will need to pick up your ticket in Seattle when the bus gets there or the tickets will be left at Will Call.
You will select your bus at the time you purchase your tickets on the EventBrite site.
Links below to buy tickets/seats on the bus!
Match/Bus Combo:
Match Only:
 
All participants in our group agree to the 107ist Away Travel Code of Conduct.  Please review it here:
Rules for the buses:
    NO GLASS ALLOWED ON THE BUS. While we are allowed to bring food and drink (adult beverages are way okay), you are not allowed to have glass containers. Please plan accordingly.
    NO #2 ON THE BUS! The bathroom on the bus has a very small storage tank! We will be stopping at a rest stop about halfway through the drive (or about 90 minutes in).
General trip info:
There are no age restrictions in the Riveters or on our buses. If you’re a party of 1, coming with friends, or want to make it a trip for the whole family, please join us.
Memorial Stadium allows away supporters to have flags & two-sticks so long as it does not obstruct others’ view. We are awaiting a final decision on an exception to their noisemaker policy from the Reign front office – until we hear back, please plan on leaving noisemakers at home.
There is a Bag Policy that will be enforced at Memorial Stadium this year.  All bag styles and sizes are allowed but are subject to inspection upon entry. Fans will be asked to return prohibited item(s) to their vehicles or throw them away before they are allowed entry into the stadium.
At the last match, we were allowed to bring in sealed plastic water bottles. This is still an option, along with empty plastic water bottles that can be filled inside.
We will continue our policy of a capo-only front row in Memorial Stadium.
Bring food and drink for the bus. Keep glass at home. Clean up after yourself. Keep an eye on each other. We all want to have fun.  Be sure to bring some ca$h to tip our great bus drivers!
Your Riveters buses and captains are:
Cider Bus (2 Towns) – Nash Drake
Beer Bus (Lompoc) – Kelsey Miglioretto
Overnight Bus (Cider Riot!) – Patch Perryman
ITINERARY:
6:00-6:45 a.m. – NEW LOCATION! Load at 200 N Winning Way (Jack Ramsay Way), near the MODA Center (Rose Quarter). This is easily accessible by public transportation and has access for the large amount of buses.  We will return to the same location.  There is street parking in the area but be aware that much of it is metered in the immediate vicinity. There are also pay lots available in the area. http://findit.oregoncc.org/Parking%20Maps/Area%20Parking%20Map/AreaParking.pdf
7:00 a.m. – Depart Portland
10:45-11:00 a.m. – Arrive at Memorial Stadium
11:30 p.m. – Enter stadium
1:00 p.m. – Kick off
3:30 p.m. – Reboard Cider & Beer buses only, head back to Portland
6:45-7:00 p.m. – 2 buses arrive back in Portland
Please keep in mind, this itinerary may change and is not set in stone.
* Overnight bus remains in Seattle & will leave around  2:30pm from TBD on Sunday to meet TA buses at CenturyLink: 
3:00-3:30 p.m. – Arrive at CenturyLink Field
4:30 p.m. – Enter stadium
6:30 p.m. – Kick Off
9:00 p.m. – Reboard buses, head back to Portland
12:00 a.m. – arrive back in Portland
Please keep in mind itineraries may change and are not set in stone.
If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to address them in the comments on this post. Come join us in Seattle!
Jun 122017
 

NWSL is implementing new guidelines for extreme heat, including procedures for match delays, effective immediately. You can read those guidelines here. 

Here are the Thorns matches that will now have a different start time:

Saturday, July 15
Portland Thorns FC vs. North Carolina Courage
Providence Park
12:30 Pacific

Saturday, August 5
Portland Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash
Providence Park
12:30 Pacific

Saturday, September 2
Portland Thorns FC vs. Washington Spirit
Providence Park
12:30 Pacific

Saturday, September 23
Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns FC
Orlando City Stadium
12:30 Pacific

Saturday, September 30
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
Providence Park
12:30 Pacific

Mar 022017
 

What: TOMBOY Symposium – Elevating the Conversation About Gender Equity in Sports
Symposium features partial documentary screening along with panel discussion surrounding the topics at hand.

When: Monday, March 6, 6:00-8:00 pm (doors open at 5pm)

Where: McMenamins Mission Theater – 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland

Panel:
Nadine Angerer, Portland Thorns goalkeeping coach; two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion; 2013 FIFA World Player of the Year

Erin Hubert, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland; former EVP/COO of the Portland Trail Blazers

Emily Menges, Portland Thorns defender and 2016 team MVP

Anne Peterson, Associated Press sportswriter

Documentary: NBC Sports Regional Networks recently announced the launch of TOMBOY, a multi-platform documentary project that aims to elevate the conversation about gender in sports told through the voices of many of the world’s most prominent female athletes, broadcasters and sports executives. The initiative culminates with a special one-hour documentary. TOMBOY will debut on Sunday, March 12 at 9:30pm on CSNNW. The documentary includes interviews with four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn, Little League World Series pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis, Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers-Drysdale, and many more. TOMBOY will air across all NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBCSN, and select NBC Owned Television Stations in March – during Women’s History Month. View TOMBOY trailer here. Learn more about TOMBOY here. Join the conversation using #CSNTOMBOY.

Mar 012017
 

As you likely know by now, the long wait is over, and the NWSL schedule for 2017 has been released.

Thorns supporters have an option of adding eCals of the Thorns home schedule, or the entire Thorns schedule, to either mobile devices or desktop computers.

Click here for the full Thorns schedule eCal

Click here for the home matches Thorns eCal

If you’d like to peruse the Thorns schedule outside of a calendar, click here. 

Feb 212017
 

The opening game of the 2017 NWSL season for Thorns FC will be at Providence Park, hosting the Orlando Pride April 15.

This will be a rare “double header”; Thorns taking the pitch at 12:00 noon and Timbers playing at 7:30 p.m.

The Thorns vs. Pride match will be televised as Lifetime Game of the Week. (Lifetime is available through local cable providers- but of course, we expect to see most of you in the stadium.)

Portland is 4-0-0 in home openers, and last season won against the Pride 2-1.  

Let’s Go Thorns!

May 082016
 

—by Kelsey Miglioretto

 

It’s been over two weeks since the Thorns have graced the pitch at Providence Park and it will be two more until we see them there again. So, if you, like me, suffer from TSA (Thorns Separation Anxiety), you’ll be happy to know that the last game of this away trip is in that little fishing village up north. Since we already know that you want to go (even if you don’t think you do, trust me, you want to go) here’s some tips to make the best of the experience.

Get On The Bus:

It’s a decently long drive to Memorial Stadium. There will be traffic in Olympia and Tacoma, not to mention having to battle downtown traffic in Seattle itself. Spare yourself all this hassle by getting on one of the Riveters’ buses. All you have to do is show up at the meeting place and get on! We’ve even supplied a couple kegs (one of beer and one of cider) for your ride north. How else are you going to (legally and safely) show up to Memorial pre-gamed with a drink or two (or three) and ready to go for the match?

The Ride North:

Once you’re on the bus, there are a few tips to be learned from those who have done this before. First of all, make sure you check that the bathroom on the bus is functional before you start drinking. You don’t want to be two beers in before you realize that you actually have to wait until Centralia to use a restroom. Second, introduce yourself to those around you that you don’t know. The bus is a great place to get to know your fellow Riveters and make new friends. The bus is also a great place to write new chants. Let’s enter the stadium singing a brand new song to cheer on our Thorns. Lastly, it’s a tradition for first timers to bring a baked good for the author of travel blogs.

Memorial Stadium:

When it comes to food and beverage, expect the standard stadium fare. You won’t find the great choices that we have at Providence Park: no giant sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, or rotating food carts. Many travelers choose to bring food and eat on the bus before the game. Be warned that there is limited alcohol in Memorial Stadium. The stadium itself has a no adult beverage policy, but the Reign have gotten permission to have a beer garden. If you consider adult beverages a key part of your game day experience, they will have to be consumed away from our section or before or after the match. This is where the kegs that we have on the buses come in handy. Also, if you anticipate needing to use the restroom at the stadium, I suggest you go early and wear closed-toed shoes. I personally have only used them once before a game, but stories have been shared of less than stellar conditions in the Memorial Stadium restrooms.

Hostile Territory:

In case you don’t already realize, we’ll be entering a stadium full of thousands of people rooting for the other team. We’re not going to be their favorite people. Some will let us know this. Some of them will do so loudly. It’s our job as visiting fans to let these incidents slide. You’re going to have to get used to people yelling things at you that you might not like. To prepare, I suggest you call that uncle with opposite political views from yours and asking them why they’ve chosen their preferred presidential candidate. If you, like me, don’t have their phone number, you can actually read the articles they post to Facebook. In addition, since we are guests in another team’s stadium, we should keep the language respectable. There’s no need to give one of Seattle’s supporters groups more reasons to flash that “Keep It Classy, Portland” sign at us.

Let’s Pretend We’ll Score A Goal:

The Thorns haven’t had the best of luck at Memorial. Over the past two years, we’ve been beaten there by a combined score of 8-0. While I’m always one to look on the bright side and hope for the best, there are also times when one needs to prepare for the worst. Personally, I’m going to be happy if we manage to score a goal. If we don’t, I’m hoping you’ll all join me in this chant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PpJBR_rQJk

In all seriousness, while I’m hoping for Seattle’s second loss at Memorial, there’s more to this trip than who comes away with three points. It’s about being with fellow supporters, having a great time, and cheering on our girls in red.

Mar 212016
 

Riveting! logo

 

Hi there, Thorns supporters and podcast enthusiasts!  My name is Patrick Chizeck, and I am a co-host on a brand new podcast called Riveting!  Despite the name, we aren’t an official program of the Riveters—I asked for permission from the powers that be to use the name and they very cordially allowed it.

I am joined every week(ish) by my co-hosts Eric Ohlsen and Emilie Rossi to discuss, bicker and ultimately make mostly unsuccessful jokes about the Thorns and the state of women’s soccer in the US and abroad, although we will be mostly concentrating on what happens with our women in red and black.

Every week we will be soliciting questions from you, the audience, to either answer or at least begin a discussion about (as some questions have no answers—for instance, why does Merritt keep deleting his tweets when he knows we Tweetbunker them?).  This podcast doesn’t just belong to Emilie, Eric and me, it belongs to all of us, which is why we want as much participation from y’all as you’re willing to give.

Right now you can check us out in a bunch of places:

If you somehow forget all of these things as well as this post, you should probably stop hitting yourself on the head, but we’re also linked on the sidebar on the Thorns subreddit, which you should be subscribed to anyway.

Our first episode is already up! We aren’t on iTunes yet (Apple is an arcane and mysterious place, although they are considering our submission.  Wish us luck!) (We’re on iTunes now!  Just look for us!) but you can either find us on Stitcher or just add us manually to your favorite podcast manager by using our RSS feed:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:212977054/sounds.rss

Wow, that’s a lot of links.

I guess if you’re super lazy, here’s the first episode right here.

Thanks for your time, and we hope to hear from you soon (or that you hear us.  Either way!).

 


Patrick is a founding member of the SG from the very first meeting and a Game Day Ops stalwart since forever. You should listen to him.

Aug 282015
 

Okay. This is it. Last home match of the season.

The season hasn’t gone the way we’d have planned it, but here we are anyway. We’ve got one more chance to show our Thorns that we support them regardless of the result.

It’s a big day. Be on time. Don’t traipse in five minutes to kick-off. Bring your A-game. Also, maybe bring some rain gear.

We’ve got two Thorns retiring at the end of this season: Rachel Van Hollebeke and Nadine Angerer. We know the team plans to honor both pre-match, but why not don a jaunty hat for Nadine and maybe some scrubs for Rachel, who’s off to medical school any minute now? They’ve both been stalwart for both the Thorns and for their national teams and they will be greatly missed in the soccering world.

BUY YOUR CAPO A PINT. Actually, don’t. But do kick in a few bucks (those few bucks you would have spent on that pint) to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls. We’ll be passing buckets around for cash donations, but you can also go here and donate online. Summer session tuition this year was $400 per camper. We’d love to be able to sponsor one camper for each of our capos and drum corps members next summer.

RIVETERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR. We’ve got the trophy and we’ll be presenting it to our winner at the close of the match. We know you guys stick around anyway, but encourage your neighbors to do the same. All our players deserve recognition, but the winner has gone above and beyond this year.

As always, we’ll be at Fanladen pre-match with t-shirts, scarves and assorted whatnot, as well as 107ist membership services and ticket exchange. If you’ve got a spare ticket you won’t be using, you can donate it to the tifo fund by transferring it to ticketdonation@rosecityriveters.org. We’ve got a pretty fantastic tifo crew and we want to make sure their efforts are well-funded as we look toward the planning of the 2016 season.