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  • 22 Mar 2019 11:53 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    As we all prepare for the new NWSL season, we are also excited to showcase a new level of partnership between the Rose City Riveters, the 107 Independent Supporters Trust and Portland Thorns FC. Starting with this weekend’s preseason tournament, fans and members will be able to purchase merchandise in a new Crosscut line, specifically designed by the Riveters to show our support of the club. The Crosscut line will continue to be a line that supports the community projects of the 107ist and Stand Together.

    Over the last 6 seasons, we have developed a close relationship with the Thorns, both on and off the field, and through this new partnership we are able to use club imagery in designs that we would not normally have access to. This is a partnership and collaboration to help produce a unique collection for fans but also raise funds for the community.  

    The Crosscut Collection was born in 2015 as a collaboration between the 107ist and the Timbers, and now we are growing that relationship to include the Thorns. The agreement from 2015 will continue, wherein PTFC will donate a portion of the proceeds to Stand Together and the 107ist will use our proceeds to fund ongoing efforts to support soccer from the grassroots to the highest level. We are thrilled to expand our impact on the community through this partnership. 

    It’s important to note that we are still focused on making our own gear for supporters, and will have new merch throughout the 2019 season. We will be launching new gear at watch parties or at the Fanladen (1633 SW Alder) before home games, and we will be using our social media channels to keep you updated on what is dropping and where you can get it, so don’t worry. We’re not going anywhere.

    Once again, we are stoked to be able to work with the Thorns on this project and we hope you enjoy the new Crosscut Collection. Keep an eye on the official Thorns social media channels for sneak peaks of the new items. You will be able to purchase them in the PTFC Team Store (currently on Burnside) and on https://www.shopthornsfc.com/. Once the stadium re-opens, you’ll be able to get the items in the Thorns Team Store.

  • 22 Dec 2018 11:52 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    Let’s Have a Party!

    Come join us at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall – Quimby for some holiday fun.
    We have some cool stuff to raffle & white elephant gift exchange if you want to play along! All funds raised will be donated to the Bradley Angle House.

    Cash or Cards accepted.

    Details:

    Saturday, December 29, 2018

    6:00pm – 9:00pm

    Lucky Lab –
    Quimby Beer Hall
    1945 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR

    All ages welcome!

    To volunteer for this event, click here.

    White Elephant rules:

    Numbers will be handed out upon submitting a gift.
    Participants must stay in bar for the entire exchange. NO LEAVING unless gift has been locked down.
    Gifts can be stolen TWICE. Essentially the third person to hold the gift keeps it.
    Item should be wrapped & between $10 – $15. Funny, Nice and Weird are always good.

  • 14 Nov 2018 11:52 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    Guest post from Riveters Outreach
    Sometimes the weather stinks, your head is pounding, stayed late at work, came home to a child covered in a mysterious rash, or for any number of reasons Just Can’t Soccer. Nine out of ten of your close friends are STH already so you sign today’s match ticket over to the Riveters, breathing in well over $13 worth of relief that you don’t have to put on shoes again.

    What you may not know is that Riveters set aside the funds raised from reselling those tickets and make an end-of-season donation to Harper’s Playground, a local charity organization created by one of our own 107IST community members, that is focused on creating playgrounds accessible to all kids.

    Maybe it was all those $25 Key Bank Club upgrades, maybe it was the free sunscreen we keep on the Fanladen counter now, but I wanted you all to know that your ticket donations raised $2031.00 for this incredible cause.

  • 26 Sep 2018 11:46 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    There’s a little blue sign that has always been posted in the breezeway of the 107/108 entrance. For years it referenced Timbers Army/Timbers. More recently, the sign was updated, with Rose City Riveters/Thorns included.

    The North End was always home for Riveters- but this seemingly small change was significant. We were officially whole, equal, valid- not just in our own eyes, but now in the eyes of the stadium, too.

    The purpose of that sign? It welcomes the reader to Providence Park, and advises that the person observing the sign is now entering a supporters section.


    Standing, chanting, singing, flags waving. Raucous, loud, enthusiastic. Smoke, two sticks, banners. And, perhaps most noticeably- drums, trumpets, capos. All for Thorns FC. These top-tier athletes deserve all those things as much as any pro team; we have a wide swath of supporters eager to give them their hearts, enthusiasm, and energy.

    Do you want to root for the girls in red? With every fiber you’ve got? Welcome. You’ve got a home in the North End.

    Within minutes of the end of the NWSL championship match, unfortunately, we encountered some concerns about how we do what we do in the North End.

    Some were concerned about capos yelling. Others didn’t like the salty language. One was angry that she was called out after choosing the second half to sit down and eat her lunch in 107.

    More so, several believed standing and cheering throughout two, 45-minute halves was and is too hefty an expectation. More than a few felt our tradition of enthusiastically cheering and chanting for Thorns FC so long as they remained on the pitch was impolite. Discourteous.

    We hear these concerns.

    We also know that there are a couple simple truths in life: the first is that you can’t please all the people all the time, and the second is the importance of letting go of what isn’t meant for you.

    Some folks want to sit and casually enjoy the contest while multitasking with other things- and we respect that. It just can’t happen in our supporters section. Some want G-rated language. That, too, will likely never happen in the North End. Some do not want to be “yelled at”- but that’s part of what capos do. And capos will always be a part of the Riveters support experience.

    The vast majority of the stadium outside of the North End is perfect for those who want a comfortable, civil experience with no standing. (and certainly, we understand and respect that some folks will need to utilize the North End ADA sections, and your being seated in those sections is absolutely OK, and no one has any expectation that you stand at all, capos most especially.) For a little extra expense, spectators can sit where stadium employees will bring hot dogs and licorice whips directly to the seats, gratis- you don’t even have to stand to get your food! What a world. Providence Park is a beautiful stadium with many great views of the pitch, and most you can comfortably remain seated in.

    The North End is small, comparatively. But this small wedge of stadium is the source and summit of Thorns support. The loud energy. The smoke. The waving flags. The undying adoration. Players want to come to Portland not for money or the housing options- they come because we hail them as heroes. 

    We want to give them all of this, every single time. Because they deserve it. Every single bit, with no deceleration, louder when the score tips against us, if anything. Scarves up! Sing! Loud!

    If this isn’t meant for you, we understand. Between your ticket rep and guest services, you will find the right fit.
    And if unrelenting support- jumping and clapping and screaming and raising your scarf high above your head when the other team scores, for 90 minutes every home match- if this is for you?

    Welcome.

  • 18 Sep 2018 11:45 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    As we rapidly approach a sell-out, here are places you can catch the match:

    OREGON

    Portland Metro:

    Bethany Public House
    Beulahland (in restaurant- Kid friendly!)
    Blue Room Bar
    Civic Taproom (21+ over)
    Great Notion Brewing (if they don’t have it on, tell them owner Paul said to!)
    IBU Pub
    Kell’s
    Lightning Will
    Mad Greek Deli
    McNally’s Taproom (there will be specials!)
    Portland Cider Co. (both locations)
    The Thirsty Monk

    Corvallis:
    2 Towns Ciderhouse (21+ over)

    Eugene:
    Level Up (Kid friendly until 8:00 p.m.)

    OUT OF STATE

    California:

    Los Angeles- Fox and Hounds Studio City
    San Diego- Knotty Barrel

    Montana:

    Helena- Bert & Ernie’s
    Missoula- Meagher Bar

    New York:

    Smithfield Hall

    Washington DC:

    Drafting Table

  • 11 Sep 2018 11:45 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    There’s a party in Portland- no one’s sleeping for a few nights!

    There’s a little something for everyone, both to welcome our out-of-town guests to the Rose City, and also share the big occasion with local women’s soccer supporters.

    In the weekdays preceding the finals, we’ll have a special service project in conjunction with the folks at Stand Together: NWSL Championship Legacy Community Project. Stand Together is an extension of the Thorns FC front office, with the mission to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families through targeted programs, partnerships, and philanthropic giving. Working in tandem with them, we will complete a renovation on the game room at the Boys and Girls Club in Hillsboro. Sign up for a shift by clicking here.

    Thursday night, head over to The Civic Taproom for WoSo trivia with Jen Cooper (AKA @KeeperNotes on Twitter)! $1 off your first drink with @107ist card! Civic is a hop skip from Providence Park, and will allow you to bring in food from neighboring eateries (Una Mas, Boise Fry Co., & Hot Lips Pizza all in the same building).

    Friday night– NWSL finals eve- head on down to Kelly’s Olympian at 426 SW Washington St, Portland to catch Pie FightBitch’n, and baby ketten karaoke. Five bucks at the door, and proceeds will support Street Soccer USA. There will also be some incredible raffle prizes for folks to take a crack at- you won’t want to miss it! Doors at 9:00 p.m.

    Morning of the final, join us for some pick-up soccer. We will meet at Wallace Park, 2550 NW Raleigh Street, Portland from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome, no special gear required! Just show up- it’ll be fun and friendly.

    Also on the day of the final, Goal Five, a women’s soccer apparel brand, will be hosting a pop-up shop at The Far Post from 9:00 to 6:00. There will be a food truck, athlete appearances, and more. Best of all, 5% of sales goes to Riveters/Gisele Currier scholarship fund!

    As always, Fanladen will be open pre-match as well.

  • 07 Sep 2018 11:44 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    What can we say about our Riveters 2018 Player of the Year?

    It’s easy to get lost in the avalanche of her accomplishments. Two NWSL Championships with Portland Thorns FC. Prior to that, two WPS Championships, and two national collegiate championships during her time at the University of Portland. Tack onto that the four FIFA Women’s World Cups she has played in; not to mention two-time Olympic medalist, and Canada’s all-time leading scorer to boot. And this is just a sampling of what she’s done.

    At the end of the day…she is our Captain. Yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever…Christine Sinclair is not just an international soccer legend, but a Portland icon.

    We couldn’t possibly be more proud to name her Riveters 2018 Player of the Year. Thank you, Captain, for everything.

    #BuildTheStatue

  • 27 Aug 2018 11:44 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    A guest post from your Capos/DnT

    This is your annual reminder, and the time for you to remind your fellows, family, and friends that it is….

    BYCAP time!

    To the ladies and gents (and non-binary too) that joined us this lovely year of 2018 (aka – the n00bs), welcome to the Rose City Riveters fanbase this season. We are glad to have you here! I am going to take a moment to explain what BYCAP is, why we do it and how you are the most important part of this event.

    Where BYCAP begins…

    Sometimes, well, often, at the end of the year, some peeps get this sweet and kindhearted idea that, out of admiration and/or gratitude, they should buy Capos and/or DnT (Drum n Trumpet/Trombone) a pint. This is a really, REALLY great idea, and while we are mostly all for having a sippa at the match, honestly, there is no way he/she/they/we can drink that much and remain, loud, passionate, accurate, aware, and leaders, throughout the game. Enter the name – Buy Your Capo A Pint, or BYCAP for short.
    BYCAP is an annual fundraiser and is driven by the Capos/DnT.

    Buy Your Capo A Pint is a chance for Thorns fans (YOU) to both, help us do good, and say “Thank you” to the ALL VOLUNTEER crew (yep – all volunteers – we all purchase tickets for seats we rarely ever see, except from a distance) that keeps the NWSL’s most passionate, loud, and proud supporters working together to support our awesome, talented, skilled, professional athletes, the Portland Thorns.

    Your help helps us, so we can help others, through BYCAP

    At the last in-season match we are asking for you to give us a truly important ‘Thank You’. Please consider taking those dollars, the ones you would happily spend on getting a complimentary beverage or two or more for hard-working capos, drummers, horn players, and instead of buying said beverage/s and getting us smashed, put that money into our collection buckets that will be on our stage, nests and by the drums. We will turn ALL of the funds you donate into tuition for young girls to attend Portland’s own Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, so these future women can learn the strength, power and wisdom of their own voices. So they can have the opportunity to gain the empowering support and confidence we all share on match days as your Capos/DnT.
    “Creative voices of girls and women need to be amplified to create social change. Girls need positive role models and support for their creative endeavors. We can build a community where girls support each other rather than tear each other down. We can empower girls to recognize, understand and respond to discrimination. ‘Girls Rock’ is more than just a slogan.”

    If you are unfamiliar with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls , check the hotlink for more information on the AMAZING work they do, what they offer, what other donations they need, and how to get tickets to The AMP Awards gala event Friday, November 3rd with Piefight and Janet Weiss.

    AGAIN – for the people in the back – help us, your Capos/DnT, give back to our community by donating on Sept. 7th to the BYCAP 2018 fundraiser.

    JUST IN CASE – Are you [insert poopy emoji face here] because:
    • You don’t carry cash?
    • You want to spread twice the love?
    • You are going to be out of town?
    • You’re an out-of-town fan?

    You can donate electronically and in advance by clicking here. Be sure to select “Riveters BYCAP” when making your donation.

    TL:DR – you should help us out by stuffing our buckets with cash at the last regular match of the season (vs the Seattle Reign) on Friday, Sept 7th for a badass fundraiser.

  • 23 Aug 2018 11:43 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    Who is your pick for Riveters POTY? Let your voice be heard! Click here to participate in our poll.

    The winning player will be recognized by Rose City Riveters with a special award presentation in the north end.

  • 11 Jul 2018 11:40 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    The Thorns front office has generously gifted a championship ring to Rose City Riveters!

    The ring was designed with significant contribution from Captain Christine Sinclair, and has many special elements that comprise its unique design. The largest design is the Thorns FC crest with “NWSL” overarching the crest, and “Champions” below.  One side of the ring has “Rose City Riveters” emblazoned above an ice bear; the other side has two stars, representing the two NWSL Championships won by Thorns FC, and the date of the championship match, 10.14.2017.  The best little secret gem is an inscription inside the ring- “Build A Bonfire”.


    We can tell you all about the ring- but we’re ready to see it in person, and bet that you are, too! Stop by Fanladen between 4:30 and 7:30 Sunday to get your photo taken with our sparkly new bauble.


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