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  • 07/01/2020 12:18 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    CHALLENGE CUP – JORNADA 1.

    NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE 2-1 PORTLAND THORNS

    En el inicio de la Challenge Cup en el ZionsBank Stadium se enfrentaron los dos bicampeones de la NWSL, un partido que viene marcando a las dos instituciones más ganadoras del fútbol femenino de Estados Unidos.

    El triunfo fue agónico, Lynn Williams logró superar a la novata Bella Bixby en el minuto 94 tras un gran centro de Sam Mewis. Las dirigidas por Paul Riley fueron superiores en la mayoría del trámite del partido. Mientras que por Thorns, el ataque hacia el arco de Labbéfue liderado por Lindsey Horan, que fue la jugadora de Portland con más chances creadas durante los 96 minutos de partido.

    Mark Parsons sorprendió a la mayoría alineando a Bixby quien debutaba con Thorns y ante el rival que viene siendo la pesadilla de Portland, sin embargo la arquera oriunda de Oregon estuvo a la altura y sus cuatro intervenciones ante Williams y Debinha dieron muestras del por qué Mark se decantó por ella para defender el arco de Thorns.

    Paul Riley por su parte acertó en un rol que le asignó a Hailie Mace, ya que la debutante con Courage se desempeña en un rol defensivo con la selección de Estados Unidos, fue vital para el primer gol del partido, una gran asistencia le permitió a Debinha rematar en el área de chica sin problemas.

    Thorns enfrentarán a Chicago y Courage a Spirit, en lo que será la segunda participación en la Challenge Cup para los cuatro equipos este miércoles 01 de Julio.

    CHICAGO RED STARS 1-2 WASHINGTON SPIRIT.

    En un encuentro que tenía como favorito a las Red Stars, el equipo de Burkie pudo llevarse los tres puntos con una actuación magistral de Rose Lavelle en el primer tiempo del encuentro.

    Desde los ocho minutos del cotejo, Spirit a través de Rose se puso al frente del marcador cuando un rechazo de Naeher fue recogido por Lavelle que definió sin piedad de pierna derecha. Naeher ante Ashley Hatch y Rose Lavelle ganó dos mano a mano en el primer tiempo, sin embargo apenas a los 20 segundos del complemento un grave error dejo a merced su marco para que Hatch no perdonara y el marcado fuera de 0-2 a favor de Washington.

    Con un poco de reacción, Morgan Gautrat, quién estreno su apellido de casada en su jersey, marcó el 1-2 tras recoger un rebote de la saga del Spirit, Bledsoe llegó a rozar el balón sin embargo no fue suficiente para evitar el gol de Chicago, casi inmediatamente a este gol, Watt tuvo en su poder el potencial empate. Ashley Sánchez fue otra delantera que pudo cambiar el score pero no pudo concretar las dos incursiones en el área de Red Stars.

    En los minutos finales, Bianca St Georges tuvo la mayor chance para empatar a dos, pero, una fantástica reacción de Bledsoe impidió que el equipo de Rory Dames sumara algún punto en el debut. Naeher sobre el final le impidió a Collins que marcara el 1-3.

    Estos equipos vuelven a jugar este 01 de Julio, Chicago ante Portland y Washington ante Courage.

    Protestas antes de los partidos.

    Durante la inauguración de la Challenge Cup, las 22 jugadoras se alinearon con una camiseta con el lema “Black Lives Matter”, a su vez tenían una banda que colocarían en sus brazos durante el partido con el mismo lema. Una vez que se empezó a entonar la versión del himno nacional de Estados Unidos, TODAS pusieron una rodilla en el piso, símbolo de la protesta que actualmente sacude a muchas ciudades en el país norteamericano.

    Mientras que para el cierre de la jornada, en el partido entre Red Stars y Spirit, hubo algunas jugadoras que decidieron mantenerse en pie y no poner rodilla en el piso para simbolizar la protesta, pese a portar la camiseta negra del lema antes mencionado, el momento más emotivo fue el de Casey Short llorando al momento de escucharse las notas del himno y a Julie Ertz consolando a su compañera.

    Alineaciones Titulares.

    North Carolina Courage: Labbé / Merrick – Dahlkemper – Erceg – Daniels / Debinha – O’Sullivan – Mewis – Dunn / Hamilton – Williams.

    Portland Thorns: Bixby / Klingenberg – Sauerbrunn– Menges – Hubly / Horan – Salem – Rodríguez / Everett – Sinclair – Lussi.

    Chicago Red Stars: Naeher / Short – Gorden – Morse – St. Georges / Ertz – Gautrat – Watt – DiBernardo – Hill / Nagasato.

    Highlights:

    Red Stars vs Spirit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvJsF3IEu6A&feature=emb_title

    Courage vs Thorns; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gccjoQx39hY

  • 06/26/2020 12:18 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    Guest Writer Nikki Flores, The NWSL Show

    “Roses Fall, But the Thorns Remain:  The Dawn of a New Era in Portland”

    Team: Portland Thorns

    Head Coach: English-born Mark Parsons took over the team in 2016, and promptly made his presence known with some big moves, acquiring USWNT goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, French superstar Amadine Henry, and Danish striker Nadia Nadim.  2016 is also the year the Thorns selected Emily Sonnett as the first pick in the Collegiate Draft, and acquired midfielder Lindsey Horan on her return from French side PSG as part of a trade that dealt Alex Morgan to the Orlando Pride.  This will be Parsons’ 5th season leading the Thorns.  Previously, he coached the Washington Spirit.

    2019 Record: 11W – 7D – 6L

    The Thorns finished the season in third place, and then lost in the semi-final to the Chicago Red Stars.  After winning the 2017 NWSL Championship, and finishing as the runners-up in 2018, last year was a disappointment for a Thorns team that has been consistently at or near the top of the NWSL.  In fact, in the team’s seven years in the league, they have only failed to make the postseason once.

    National Teamers:  

    Arguably one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the game, Lindsey Horan is hungry to find her 2018 form.   Her story is oft repeated because it is remarkable.  Horan passed up a scholarship at legendary UNC to become the first American woman to skip college and go straight to the pros.  Passing up an opportunity to sign with powerhouse Olympique Lyonnais before she even graduated from high school, Horan went to world-renowned French side PSG after her senior year.   She returned to the States to fulfill her dreams of playing for the USWNT in the Olympics and the World Cup.  She was part of the team’s disappointing finish in Rio in 2016, but at age 25, could already call herself a World Cup Champion.  The tough choices she made along the way have paid off, but Horan is far from done.  She wants to win more hardware for her teams, and she has no plans of stopping until she becomes the best player in the world.  Horan makes magic happen with the ball at her feet.  Her nuanced services into the box for teammates are only bested by her quality in the air.  As the Riveters have so aptly explained, the only sure thing in life are death, taxes, and Horan headers.  Her defensive work-rate is unmatched.  There may not be a more complete player that she lines up next to on either her club team or for her country.  Horan was integral in a stacked USWNT midfield in France a year ago; with so many changes on the Thorns roster, she will be even more vital for her club this summer.

    The G.O.A.T. herself, though she will never admit it, Christine Sinclair is back for another year.  The Thorns captain is the undisputed #1 in international goals scored.  Yes, that means she’s has more international goals than any man who has ever played football, ever – 186 and counting with the Canadian National Team.  She made that team at the young age of 16, by the way.  Like new teammate Sauerbrunn, Sinclair is a quiet force to be reckoned with on the field, always leading by example.  The 37-year-old just doesn’t stop.  Her focus is intense, her speed deceptive, her composure impressive, her physicality punishing.  Her runs behind defenses are hard to mark.  And if she is marked, it will open up space for the likes of Horan and Rodriguez.  Sinclair may go down as the best in history to never win a World Cup, but she will leave everything she has on the field to add another star to the Thorns jersey.  Simply put, Sinclair is incomparable.  Her competitive fire still burns bright and she is ready to lead her team back on the pitch after a long break.

    Nary a bad word has ever been spoken about the woman fans refuse to stop calling Captain Broon.  During the off-season, the Thorns acquired defensive legend, center back Becky Sauerbrunn, from the Utah Royals in exchange for Elizabeth Ball and allocation money.  Sauerbrunn had been itching for an opportunity to play for the city in which she resides, and the trade of Emily Sonnett to the Orlando Pride left an opening for her.   Sauerbrunn is tough – we all have that image of her bowed, bloody head during the World Cup final fresh in our minds going on a year later.  She’s a cerebral defender, almost always positionally sound.  She is a quiet leader amongst leaders, organizing her backline and serving as the President of the USWNT Players’ Association.  And Becky Sauerbrunn is almost always underrated by everyone outside of her own teammates, who know exactly how valuable the 35-year-old is.  The veteran will provide a calming presence and a sense of stability to a Portland backline missing two of its starting defenders and goalkeeper from last season’s roster.  For the Thorns to succeed in this tournament, Sauerbrunn will have to be an absolute anchor.  When she retires, which hopefully won’t be for a few more years, Sauerbrunn will go down in USWNT history as one of the best center backs to ever play the game.   Welcome home, Captain Broon.

    Costa Rican International Rocky Rodriguez will step into the Thorns midfield alongside Horan.  Her football pedigree is strong.  She played on a high school team while still in elementary school, and was a four-year starter at Penn State, where she won award after award, and the 2015 College Cup.  She totaled 23 goals during her time with the Nittany Lions, including the game winning goal against Duke in the championship match.  In 2010, she made her way onto the Costa Rican senior national team.  Her hard work paid off when she represented Las Ticas in the 2015 World Cup, and she scored the first goal by a Costa Rican woman in a World Cup.  Rodriguez went #2 in the 2016 Collegiate Draft, picked up by Sky Blue FC.  She was Rookie of the Year that year.   This past January, Rodriguez was traded to the Thorns in exchange for Midge Purce and a 2021 draft pick.  Arriving at Providence Park seems fitting for Rodriguez.  In 2016, the Thorns traded that #2 pick to Sky Blue FC for Danish International Nadia Nadim, passing up Rodriguez.  She is excited to finally don that Thorns jersey for the Challenge Cup.

    Midfielder Tobin Heath has opted to sit out because of concerns over COVID-19.  Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch had to withdraw from the tournament due to a knee injury.

    Players You Should Know:  Forward Morgan Weaver of Washington State was the #2 pick in the 2020 Collegiate Draft.  She was the top scorer for her college team four years in a row, and helped her team make it all the way to the College Cup semi-finals in her last year with the Cougars.  In their final six games of the 2019 season, the Thorns were only able to score one goal.  Weaver will be essential if their struggling offense is to find its footing during the tournament.  The Thorns seem to have faith in Weaver’s long-term impact, signing her to a multi-year deal.

    Changes in the Off-Season:  Take a Thorns starting XI from any game last season.  Draw a line through everyone who is no longer wearing the red and black.  Who are you left with?  The Thorns had one of the most dramatic turnovers in the NWSL this off-season.

    Gone are fan-favorites Emily Sonnett (traded to Orlando Pride) and Hayley Raso (signed with Everton of the FAWSL).  Fellow Aussies – goal scorer Caitlin Foord wingback Ellie Carpenter, thought to be the jewel of the Portland defense – have signed with European clubs, Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais respectively.  Carpenter’s announcement, after signing a multi-year deal with the Thorns, must have come as a huge shock for a team already facing the loss of Sonnett.

    In the trade for Sonnett and the rights to Foord, the Thorns gained the #1 pick in the 2020 Collegiate Draft.  They used that selection on Sophia Smith, the highly rated sophomore striker out of Stanford.  That move may be attributed to the Thorns scoring drought as the 2019 season wore down; the team only found the back of the net once in their final six games.

    The Thorns were also involved in several other deals during the offseason.  One saw the Thorns acquire the second overall pick in the draft from the Chicago Red Stars, which they promptly used on Washington State star Morgan Weaver.  Another sent Thorn Midge Purce to Sky Blue in exchange for Rocky Rodriguez.

    Strengths:  The team should be solid down the core.  The pairing in midfield of Lindsey Horan and Rocky Rodriguez should be formidable, and behind them, Becky Sauerbrunn and Emily Menges will shore up a defense hurt by the loss of Sonnett and Carpenter.

    Beyond that, the Portland Thorns embody heart, and what it means to play for the badge.  Portland is Soccer City USA, the team drawing an average of just over 20,000 fans to each home game at Providence Park last season.  The next highest draw (Utah Royals) was a little over half of that total.  While some may view game without fans as a setback for Portland, this team feels a unique responsibility to its fans.  In last years 6-0 routing by the NC Courage in Providence Park, the Rose City Riveters not only stayed the entire game, but stood cheering for their team as goal after goal slid past Franch and the Thorns defense.  These fans never give up on the team; do not expect the team to give up just because the fans aren’t in attendance, because they will be watching in droves at home.  The Thorns know how to win; now it’s about finding the chemistry.

    Biggest Question Marks:  With all the changes, and a short run-up to the tournament, have the Thorns had enough time to gel?  This is virtually a new team, and while some of the additions should help in the scoring department, Smith will likely see limited minutes due to a nagging injury.  Down the road, the trade of Sonnett for the #1 pick might pan out, but it likely won’t help a bit in this tournament.  Combine the loss of Sonnett and Carpenter in the back with the loss of brick wall AD Franch, and the Thorns are hurting defensively, even with Becky Sauerbrunn.  Additionally, the Thorns look weak on the wings, without Carpenter’s penchant for pressing up into the offensive third, without Raso’s speed flying down the wing, and especially without Tobin Heath working her magic on the outside.

    Preliminary Round:

    Saturday, June 27 vs. North Carolina Courage

    This matchup, which will be shown on CBS, pits two of the best teams in the NWSL against each other.  The last time the teams met, the Courage handed the Thorns their worst loss to date in a 6-0 drubbing that no one outside of the Courage camp could have predicted.   The Courage team remains largely intact, but the Thorns will look to redeem themselves against the two-time NWSL champs in front of a national audience in the opening match of the tournament.

    Wednesday, July 1 vs. Chicago Red Stars

    Revenge, revenge, revenge.  The Red Stars knocked the Thorns out of the playoffs in the semi-finals last year, ending their quest for another star on their jersey.  In the 1-0 loss, the Thorns did not play poorly, but couldn’t get any offense going against a stingy Red Stars defense that featured FIFA Best XI Julie Ertz, Sarah Gorden, Casey Short, and USWT #1 Alyssa Naeher.

    Sunday, July 5 v. Washington Spirit

    The Spirit look surprisingly strong and young this year.  USWNT superstar and Bronze Ball winner Rose Lavelle will pair with USWNT teammate Andi Sullivan in the midfield.  The Thorns backline will have to take on Spirit draft pick Ashley Sanchez of UCLA, selected 4th in the 2020 Collegiate Draft.

    Monday, July 13 vs. OL Reign

    The Reign will be without Megan Rapinoe, who has chosen to sit out, but don’t count them out.  Horan, Sinclair, and Weaver will be hard-pressed to score on the Reign, regardless of whether Casey Murphy or Michelle Betos (returning from injury) starts in goal.  The team sees the return of Jess Fishlock, also back from injury, and Bethany Balcer, last year’s Rookie of the Year, as well as the additions of Shirley Cruz of Costa Rica and Alana Cook of PSG.  OL Reign looks solid from back to front, and should provide a surprising challenge for the Thorns.

    Fun Fact:  In 2015, current OL Reign goalkeeper, formerly of the Portland Thorns, became the only goalkeeper to score in the run of play in NWSL history, diving to head in a ball off a corner in stoppage time as the Thorns tied the game against FC Kansas City.  Her goal was featured on ESPN, and was the #2 play of the night.

    Overall Outlook:  The 2020 Thorns are looking to reestablish themselves as soccer royalty in the NWSL.  This year may not be their year, however.  Too many roster changes, a shaky defense, and lackluster wings will hinder them.  Their preliminary draw is tough, facing off against three out of four of last year’s playoff teams.  Depending on seeding in the knockouts, it’s not impossible to think that we might witness the Thorns going out in the quarterfinals, and they almost certainly won’t make it past the semi-finals.  A Thorns team falling in the bottom half of the NWSL rankings is almost unheard of – blasphemy, if you will.  But the offseason losses seem too big of an obstacle to surmount in a short time thanks to limited training and a compressed tournament.  For the Thorns to make a deep run, they will have to count on their mentality – their grit, their determination, their pride for the badge.  In reality though, it seems the Thorns will be building towards a 2021 comeback and looking to reflect on their team culture going forward.

  • 06/26/2020 12:17 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    NWSL supporters groups are using the unique opportunity of the Challenge Cup to collectively fundraise through ACTS: Activating Communities Through Support — An NWSL Supporters Initiative.

    We acknowledge that the spaces where our teams will be training and playing over the course of the next month in Utah are on traditional Indigenous lands. As such, we are using this platform to support the American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) living in and around Salt Lake City.

    Our first ACTS fundraiser will benefit the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (UICSL). UICSL’s mission is to “serve The People by honoring Native cultures, strengthening health and wellness programs and cultivating community.” Make a pledge to support UICSL with every goal scored by our club during the NWSL Challenge Cup. At the end of the tournament, we will contact you to make a donation directly to this worthy organization.

    Jump in and make your pledge now by clicking here! Hurry, before tomorrow morning’s kick.

  • 06/16/2020 12:16 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    The following is a guest blog from Rachael Travis

    We’ve all seen it … someone has an idea on Twitter. No, really! A good idea. An “Oh, dammmmmnnn. Why didn’t I think of that?!” kind of idea.

    There’s a kind of cycle that happens: An idea is thrown out there, people get really excited, we all brainstorm in an abstract way, someone @’s a board member, and then … “That’s a great idea! Thank you for volunteering.” I used to think those seven words were a metaphorical door slammed in the face of ideas. Boy howdy, was I wrong.

    Earlier this year, Dawn had the amazing idea that there should be some kind of Riveters’ version of the front office’s Axe photos. She articulated that she didn’t have the capacity to be the task manager behind the project, so I jumped in and, before I knew it, Rose Poses happened. I’m being a little hyperbolic, but this project that I thought would take months to plan took mere weeks with a lot of support.

    Roses Poses wasn’t the first 107IST-supported event I helped organize. In 2018, I came to the board to pitch the idea of bystander intervention training — and I came prepared. I had multiple options for what a training could look like, I had researched different groups from around Portland that could lead them, and I also a fundraising plan. I was ready to come in and have to do all of the heavy lifting. I wish I had footage of my face when the board told me that they would be fully funding the trainings and that they already had a space in mind. Having an idea, especially one so deeply personal and rooted in pain, be supported and encouraged is a rare gift.

    Having had the bystander intervention training experience in my pocket, you’d think I would’ve remembered that 107IST members almost never have to reinvent the wheel. But repetition is the key to learning, and apparently, I needed another event-planning experience to truly learn about all the resources this organization makes available to us.

    Back to Rose Poses …

    When I agreed to take on the project, I truly thought I’d be on my own: I’d be setting up a black sheet in my garage and taking everyone’s picture by myself, while hoping people wouldn’t mind hanging out in my yard for hours. Instead, I put out an ask on Twitter for some volunteers to help plan and run the event. All of a sudden, I had a team to help.

    Then, while we were trying to figure out where to hold the photoshoot, Gabby reached out and let us know we could use the Fanladen. That’s when I learned that members can ask and reserve that space — because it is our space. Y’all might already know that, but my mind was blown. Through the 107IST network, we found a few great photographers who volunteered their time and talents, even a couple backup photographers when Covid changed our original plan. It felt like magic when snacks, a professional lighting setup, and a background showed up. Of course it isn’t magic — it’s the support and resources of this community.

    107IST is a member-driven community, not a board-driven one. Without us, this doesn’t exist. I want to acknowledge that I am speaking from a place of white privilege, so when I say “Oh, just pitch an idea, and it’ll come together!” I know that my experience is not universal, and that not all ideas are embraced and supported as enthusiastically as mine have been. Three months ago, when I was originally planning this post, I wanted to share the privilege of my experience planning events, something that feels even more important now than it did then. I imagined a laundry list of all the resources hidden in the Fanladen (did you know we have a button-maker?!), instead I want to uplift the truly endless resource that is a community with endless expertise and passions.

    The board probably can’t write a blank check for a passion project, but when you hear “that’s a great idea! Thanks for volunteering.” I hope you hear what it really means “That’s a great idea! Thank you for volunteering. Please let us know how we can support you!”

    If you have an idea you want to pitch to the board, email contactus@107ist.org. If you aren’t sure where to start, my DMs are open (@rachael_with2as)

    I didn’t know how to do any of this until I tried. I want to support you while you try.

  • 06/08/2020 12:16 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    New Donation Drive!

    This time, we are seeking your donations for Haven Project, an effort of the Urban League of Portland. Haven Project helps those experiencing a lack of permanent housing find a long-term residence, supported with intensive case management and peer supports. What they need are items for housewarming/homestarting baskets. Feel free to either pick up loose items for donation, or create a whole basket (or supply a whole household)! Donations will be accepted at Donations will be accepted at Fanladen this Friday 8:00 – 6:00, Saturday 12:00 – 3:00, and Sunday 12:00 – 3:00.

    Bedding-

    Full/Queen Sheet Set, with pillowcases

    2 Standard Pillows

    1 Set Towels(2 each of bath, hand & wash cloth)

    Blanket or Quilt

    Shower Curtain and curtain rings

    Plastic Laundry Basket to put it all in

    Kitchen-

    Two of each:

    Dinner plates, mugs, bowls, glasses, place mats (dishes should be microwaveable)

    Silverware set for two

    Kitchen towels & potholders

    One of each:

    Sauce pan and fry pan with lids

    Paring knife & can opener

    Measuring spoons/cups

    Serving spoons

    Sturdy reusable grocery bag to put it all in

    Cleaning- (new items)

    scrubbing sponge

    dish soap

    counter cleaner

    window cleaner

    bathroom cleaning product

    hand soap

    floor cleaner

    roll paper towels

    toilet brush

    broom or dust sweeper

    laundry soap (single packets work best)

    bucket to put it all in

  • 05/31/2020 12:15 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    The Rose City Riveters are anti-racist. 

    We strongly oppose the systems of racism and injustice that have caused so many black deaths in our country and our communities. We continue to mourn the loss of black lives at the hands of police and others. 

    During this time of remarkable loss and fear, we recognize the hardship faced by people of color at all times. We encourage everyone to take action and speak up about what is happening in our communities. Listen to the voices of those who have lived this reality for their whole lives, and amplify them. Now is not the time for silence, and we are never silent. 

    The NWSL Supporters Code of Conduct states that “We will not tolerate hateful or discriminatory words of actions based on race, gender identity, sexuality, citizenship status or nationality, age, appearance, disability, religious or cultural identity.” This is a statement of values, both within our stadium and in our community. 

    Now is the time to take action on those values in support of black lives. In the coming days, we will be providing information and directing Riveters to ways they can help, both in Portland and nationally. 

    Please stay safe, be well, and speak up.

    #BlackLivesMatter

  • 05/29/2020 12:14 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    It started simply enough in mid-April: Organizations locally and around the country were begging for masks for their essential workers. Many folks were spending their time and money to sew as many as they could, but the demand was far greater than the thousands of crafters could meet. How can we as an organization help locally?, we asked. So we launched Project Face Masks. We were a bit reluctant at first: Could we really sell 1,000 masks? The response, however, blew our expectations completely out of the water.

    We sold that initial 1,000 masks in two hours — and 3,000 in 12 hours. The response was so incredible and the demand so great that we opened up another order … and then another.

    As of this writing, we have:

    • Donated 8,520 masks among 34 community organizations
      (Read a wonderful post by one of our recipients here.)
    • Sold a total of 13,840 masks

    Those orders came from 43 states and D.C., totaling 1,277 participants (76 percent of whom are 107IST members).

    We still have organizations who are hoping for masks, though. So, we’re making things even more enticing! From now through 9 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday, May 31:

    • Donate a set of masks, and the 107IST will match the donation (up to 250). That’s right: For every set of 5 or 8 that you donate, we’ll double it. Order here.
    • Join or renew your membership, and we will donate five masks (unlimited).
    • AND here’s the kicker: Each person who donates masks, either through purchase or membership, will be entered into a raffle to win:
      • One pair of signed cleat from Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke
      • One of three, signed Valeri bobbleheads
      • One of two, signed photobomb cutouts of Valeri
      • One of three, signed pictures of Chara, Clark, or Valeri
      • One of three, Timbers team-signed soccer balls

    Yes, multiple purchases and guest registrations get you multiple entries.

    This project has been an immense success, and we thank all of you for your support!

  • 05/27/2020 12:13 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    The Rose City Riveters will support the Portland Thorns from afar. This is not unprecedented. We are used to supporting the Portland Thorns on the road. What we are not used to is a season without in-person support.

    We will work to find new ways to support our club during the pandemic.

    Our primary concern is safety for all those involved with the NWSL tournament in Utah. We appreciate that the NWSL Players Association has been engaged with the League regarding the safety and player logistics around the tournament.

    Regardless of the format or location, the Riveters remain committed to supporting the Thorns in a genuine way that connects supporters to the players. What does Riveters’ support look like when we can’t be there in person? We exist to support the Thorns, not to look good on streams or TV broadcasts, not to create a gameday environment for other spectators. Over the last 7 seasons we have worked tirelessly to make Providence Park a fortress. We do not think this can or should be bottled and applied to another location without us.

    The Riveters oppose any artificial “gameday” experience with music or chants played over the stadium PA system or added to the broadcast for home viewers or anything that is not in person. We are the organic supporter response to what is happening in the match. Until supporters can safely attend matches we will not be providing any tifo or large displays for matches we cannot safely attend and execute ourselves.

    We look forward to being back in Providence Park, complete with drums, horns, flags and banners and most of all, our voices. We look forward to raising our voices together in support of our team. Until then, we will remain safely at a distance.

  • 05/20/2020 12:12 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    The following is a post from Rachel Greenough, Community Outreach committee member.

    This past Saturday, May 16th, would have been a home game for the Thorns against the newly rebranded OL Reign. I can just imagine the tifo that might have gone up that day. How many choruses of build a bonfire we would sing. Fanladen would have been open, and we were planning to collect match day donations for Grow Portland, a great organization that plants school gardens and does a ton of work with food resources and gardening in our communities. I can almost feel what it’s like to be in the stands for a game such as this.

    As Sheba and Gab have recently written, in much more eloquent words than my own, we miss that stadium and all of you — but the attention of the Rose City Riveters and Timbers Army are currently focused elsewhere. The “town” of “team, town, and TA/Riveters” is currently where our focus lies.

    A few weeks ago, I started reaching out to organizations to help gather information for mask distribution and grant applications. Every organization I reached was in need. Every individual spoke of the increasing needs in our community: how many more meals they’re serving, how hard it is to find shelter beds for women who need them, and how some populations are being left out of the resources offered by our city, state, and country. They all spoke of the importance of donations and support from the community.

    When we talk about community outreach from the 107IST, a frequent question is, “What can we offer?” Thanks to the generosity of our members, and the success of our merch teams, we can often support organizations with money or material donations. The biggest asset we possess, however, is our membership — a whole lot of people who care about the well-being of others in our community and are willing to help out when they can.

    You. You are the most valuable part of the 107IST.

    We are all in different spots right now. If you need help, we hope you will reach out to us via email or social media. We might be able to find help. If you are in a position to help others, we are here to facilitate that. When I reach out to organizations about masks or grants, I am also asking them what else they need. Do they need volunteers? How will those volunteers be kept safe? Do they need items? Do they have an online wishlist of vital needs? Do they need money to continue doing what they do in the community? The answer is yes.

    We have added pages to the 107IST and Riveters websites to list these needs and spread the word. As needs come in, we will post them on these pages. The idea is that this is a place you can go if you have time, money, or other donations to offer. All of these organizations are doing great work. They all need help. May would have been a big month for both teams: two home games for Timbers, four for the Thorns, rivalry games for both teams … Maybe some of those beer, cider, parking, transportation, or pizza dollars can go to one of these organizations.

    Thank you for joining us and doing what you can.

  • 05/14/2020 12:12 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    Check out a great opportunity here.

    At this moment of navigating uncharted waters together, the 107 Independent Supporters Trust has turned our focus to the “town” part of the “team, town, Timbers Army & Rose City Riveters” part of our mission. We may not be able to show our support in the stands, but we are working to support our communities.


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