Apr 072014
 
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We’re only a few days away from the season opener in Houston. Safe travels to those heading to Texas. If you’re still making plans, be sure to check the forum for info on where folks are staying, when they’re traveling, how you can meet up, etc.

For those not planning to travel (and who are local to Portland), we will be hosting an away match viewing at Blitz 21 (305 NW 21st.) on Saturday. This is also a Timbers home match day, so parking will be at a premium. Take that into account if you plan on joining us. We’ll have merch available until at least the half (at which point some of us will need to scoot to make it to the Timbers Match – Soccer City, and all). If you’re a card-carrying 107ist, you’ll get a discount. If you’re not, you should seriously consider joining (info here).

This viewing will be 21 and over, but Bazi Bierbrasserie will also be screening the match and they welcome all ages. If you plan on going to Bazi, check their website for info on making a reservation in advance. Over the course of the season, we hope to host viewings across the city and plan on having at least a few of them at all-ages venues.

A little bit more about away travel: we’d love to have a presence at every match this year. If you plan on traveling, please let us know and if you’re a Riveter based in another NWSL city, give a shout. We’ve got a couple of banners we’d like to travel and we will happily send them to you to display at the matches. Check the forum for details.

We also have some non-soccer community stuff coming up. In May, we’ll be joining the Timbers Army in supporting the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI). The combined TA/Riveters group has set a goal to fundraise $5,000 for the NAMI Walk here in Portland May 18. To join the team or to make a donation, you can go here.

And June 15, we’ll be joining the Timbers Army to march in the Portland Pride Parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m., a home Thorns match will follow at 2 p.m. We’ll have information on signing up to march sometime in the near future and will post here when we have it.

 

Any questions?

Mar 292014
 

We’re raffling off match tickets to benefit the Rose City Riveters tifo fund! Drawing will be held Friday, April 4 at 12 noon.

  • First prize: 2 TA tickets to Timbers v. Seattle 4/5 12pm, plus 2 GA tickets to Thorns v. FCKC 4/26 7pm (home opener)
  • Second prize: 2 GA tickets to Thorns v. FCKC 4/26
  • Third prize: 1 GA ticket to Thorns v. FCKC 4/26

(Thorns tickets will be emailed to winners after 4/14 when they become available in our STH accounts.)

[Updated 4/4/14] Congrats to our winners!

  • First prize: Sam Haffey
  • Second prize: Dawn Bauman
  • Third prize: Jay Wuitschick

Thanks again to all who entered for contributing to the Rose City Riveters tifo fund!

Q&A with Paul Riley

 Posted by on March 26, 2014  Events  No Responses »
Mar 262014
 
NWSL: Thorns Training Camp

We’re looking forward to another fantastic season and what better way to kick it off than taking some time to get to know our new coach a bit better?

In conjunction with the Thorns front office, the Rose City Riveters are hosting a question and answer session with new head coach Paul Riley on Wednesday, April 2, at the Bitter End (1981 W. Burnside) beginning at 6 p.m.. Coach Riley will be available to answer questions for about an hour. This is an all-ages event.

A native of Liverpool, Coach Riley begain his coaching career in 1986 as an assistant at Long Island University men’s soccer team. Named head coach there in 1990, he amassed an 88-49-13 record over eight seasons and was named the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the year five times. He’s coached numerous clubs over the years and was named Coach of the Year of the Women’s Professional Soccer League for 2010 for his work with the Philadelphia Independence.

The Thorns have set up an event page here.

 

#BAONPDX

 Posted by on March 20, 2014  Uncategorized  1 Response »
Mar 202014
 

We’ve been talking about it behind the scenes for a year. Do we? Don’t we? Should we?

We like #BAON. It means something to us. By Any Other Name is the narrative of the Riveters, a nod to the Rose City, and a pledge to the Thorns. Regardless of what we call ourselves, what the club calls itself, what the names of the women who wear our badge are, we will support with all we have.

But what it means to everyone else is bacon.

And the wide variety of lunch food in the Philippines.

And, more recently, Russian porn.

We just want it to be about the soccer. And the Thorns. And Portland.

A hashtag is a great and powerful thing, a thing that binds us, unites us, helps us to suss out information on a specific topic. Search it on Twitter and you can find like-minded people, information about the Thorns, events hosted by the Riveters. It simplifies things as it unites.

So, we’re changing. We’re taking the hashtag we’ve used for the last year and we’re adding to it. Simple enough: we go from #BAON to #BAONPDX.

There. Done.

 

Preseason Riveters Meet-Up!

 Posted by on February 5, 2014  Events, Preseason  4 Responses »
Feb 052014
 

Does it feel like the 2013 Championship was only yesterday? Or perhaps you’re itching for the 2014 season to just get here. Either way, meet up with fellow Riveters on Saturday, February 22nd from 4-8pm!

We will be meeting up at Bazi Bierbrasserie, on SE 32nd just off of Hawthorne. They will have their Thorns-inspired beer “Every Rose has its Thorn” by Lompoc Brewing on tap for us to enjoy. There will also be Riveters merchandise for sale during the meet-up.

Bazi is also going to be the home to some special Thorns memorabilia from the 2013 Championship run. These items will be on display during the meet-up for everyone to enjoy.

 

Jan 122014
 

Representatives from the Rose City Riveters dropped off a check for $1925.00 to represent the money raised from the sales of our Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon benefit scarf today. We met with FCCO’s Development Coordinator Devon Jahn and Executive Director Karen Kraus at the clinic, while veterinarians and volunteers vaccinated, spayed, and neutered dozens of feral cats. We got a tour of the facility and got to see first-hand the great work they do there. They fixed almost 7300 cats last year, and will do even more this year. That makes a huge difference in the feral cat population!

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Karen and Devon from FCCO accept a check from Holly, Lexi, and Gabby of the Riveters.

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This sign greeted us on the clinic wall today. :)

Although we sold almost all of the scarves before the holidays, we do have a few singles left. Members of the Riveters have generously fronted the donation money for them, so you can buy knowing the donation is included in the amount we gave today. You can get yours at pdxrivetgear.com for $20 shipped, or from us in person at events for $15. Right now we’re also running a combo special on the site that gets you either of our scarves along with an RCR PDX Queens of Cascadia unisex T-shirt for only $20 plus shipping.

Jan 062014
 

Please join the Rose City Riveters at the opening match of the Rose City Rollers’ 2014 campaign Saturday, January 18.

We’ve been able to secure a block of tickets at the ridiculously low price of $7 for general admission. SEVEN DOLLARS.

Here’s the link to order tickets: http://www.rosequarter.com/events/detail/rose-city-rollers-1

When you get there, click PROMO on the right side of the page and enter the code word PANDORA.

You guys, SEVEN DOLLARS. This is INSANE.

Dec 032013
 

The online store is open! Visit pdxrivetgear.com to get the Riveters merch you or your loved ones have been jonesing for since the offseason started. We ship quickly!

We will also have Rose City Riveters merch alongside all the amazing TA swag at the Green Weekend event at the Fanladen (1633 SW Alder):

  • 5-8p Friday 12/6
  • 12-8p Saturday 12/7
  • 11a-5p Sunday 12/8

The FCCO cat scarves are only available from the store or directly from us in person. However, the Fanladen event will feature upcycled bags ($15) made from sections of our tifo!

Nov 302013
 

You can get your scarf in person for $15 if you contact holly at rosecityriveters dot org and make arrangements. That is also the address to use to arrange to pick up your prepaid set if you haven’t already.

If you want your scarf mailed, the price is $20 each to cover postage, handling, and PayPal fees. Just click the button below if you would like to order one online.





If you want to buy other Riveters stuff at the same time, go to the Riveters store and fill up your cart!

Nov 152013
 

The 107ist is holding the annual elections over the next week. There is a candidate forum on Saturday, November 16th from 1-3pm at the Artists Repertory Theater (SW Morrison & 16th).

The Rose City Riveters is a new supporters group. We thought some members might be new to this process and wanted to stress the importance of the support of the 107ist, as well as why it is important to get involved with the decisions made in the organization. To help convey the importance of voting in the current election cycle if you are already a member and joining/renewing with 107ist in 2014, we’ve asked for feedback from three active Rose City Riveters. Their voices are below.

Luke Fritz:

I joined the effort that eventually became known as Rose City Riveters immediately upon Portland being announced as an NWSL team. My roots of support for women’s soccer are personal and local. My friend Ruth used to offer me her player’s allotment tickets for her University of Portland games. This allowed me to realize what outstanding role models and players the Pilots were – it was easy to connect to and cheer on my friend and her teammates.

When the Thorns were announced as a franchise, I also felt a special responsibility to support the team because of my work as a high school teacher. My students frequently tell me about participating in sports. In order for the girls I teach to have a professional soccer career in the US as a legitimate option, this league *must* be successful.

Having been an outsider of any formal soccer supporters groups in Portland until late last year, the experience of finding conduits for supporting the Thorns has been revealing. I learned there was a real groundswell of support for the team before a game had been played, a player announced, or even a name for the team. It took me a while to learn enough about what the 107ist does and how it operates before I committed to joining, but I am glad I did. The work the organization does, entirely on a volunteer basis, is outstanding. The access to ideas, energy, and funding for support is absolutely essential to what the Rose City Riveters aspire to do in supporting the Thorns, our town, and our community. As such, it is critically important that we elect 107ist board members who align with the stated mission to support soccer at all levels in Portland, especially in regards to this wonderful opportunity for growth.

Lexi Stern:

I’ve been volunteering on game day ops for the TA for a few years. This past year I’ve also gotten pretty heavily involved in helping to create the Rose City Riveters game day experience both at home and on the road, helping however I can with drums, chants, tifo, flags, whatever. I can tell you firsthand that virtually none of what we’ve accomplished could have come about without the support of the 107ist and their commitment to growing soccer in this city.

Having a Riveters liaison to the 107ist board gave us a voice: it let us work directly with both the Timbers Army and the Timbers/Thorns FO to take advantage of relationships and processes already in place, and it gave us access to funds to use on our way to becoming self-sustaining. That is how we got flags, drums, and smoke, and permission to store and use them in Jeld-Wen. That is how we got shared space, materials, and additional budget to create tifo for Thorns matches, including the largest tifo display on record for a women’s club team anywhere. That is how we were able to produce scarves, T-shirts, patches, and more. That is how we could afford to print chant and info sheets week after week to get new supporters involved on game day.

All of this is why it’s so important that you, as a Rose City Riveter, familiarize yourself with the current slate of candidates for the 107ist board and cast your vote thoughtfully. If you’re not a member this year, this is why you should join for 2014.

Gabby Rosas:

The Riveters did a great job this year, having only a few months to get organized, determine a game plan, then execute those ideas. But our women’s soccer supporters group had a head start on other groups in the NWSL – we had the 107ist supporting every effort we made. From the bus trips to Tukwila where the 107ist fronted the costs of the buses and tickets, to the Superhero tifo at the final where the 107ist paid for the materials and facility.

The Riveters have a great relationship with the Thorns Front Office because we are a part of the 107ist. When we wanted to present our Rose City Riveters Player of the Year with an award (a vase and base paid for by the 107ist), our relationship with the Front Office allowed us on the field after the match to give that award to Karina.

But I want to do more. We have dreams and goals. We want to grow. And we can grow with continued support.

If you’re a paid member of the 107ist, you’re already supporting the Rose City Riveters and the Thorns. We need your continued support. Make sure you get involved in the candidate forum on Saturday and please vote.

Please share your own reasons for supporting the 107ist in the comments. We want to make sure everyone understands the importance of getting involved.