We are fortunate to watch the greatest goal scorer of all time, play in our town and on our pitches. You have helped create thousands of soccer fans from your time leading the Portland Pilots to 2 NCAA Championships to your upcoming 9th season with the Portland Thorns. When I ask my friends who their favorite Thorn is, by far, the top answers are Sinc, Sincy, and the GOAT. Many fans have struggled over the past year with the challenges that the pandemic has created. The personal impacts have been substantial for many of us. You and the Thorns have been a bright spot and an escape in these trying times.
While we have not been able to cheer for you in person, we have had the opportunity to meet virtually to watch the Challenge Cup, Fall Series, and even just to play bingo. It has been incredible to meet new friends, who are not just here in the PNW, but all over the US. We even have had supporters join the watch parties from Chile, Thailand, and Australia. None of this would have happened without you and the Thorns. As we look forward to the future the hope is beginning to emerge again.
We are looking forward to safely returning to Providence Park.
We are looking forward to cheering for you.
We are looking forward to seeing the red smoke rise in the North End when you score a goal.
We are looking forward to celebrating the team, win, lose, or draw.
We are looking forward to being together as supporters, as friends, and as family in our favorite home away from home.
Thank you for all that you do for this town and embracing Portland as your home.
One Goal Beyond!
A Rose City Riveter