As we travel sometimes we are slow to pick up on what’s really worth doing at our new destination. Shortly after arriving in Portland, we went to a dinner party of old friends, and everybody was talking about the Thorns. We pleaded ignorance. The Thorns? Two weeks later we strolled a pleasant 15 minutes from our AirBnB apartment to Portland’s soccer stadium. We joined 15,214 ardent fans in Provident Park stadium to watch the women’s professional soccer team of Portland, the Thorns, play Sky Blue, Kansas City’s team.
With 40 minutes left to play the score was KC Sky Blue 1 – Portland Thorns 0. The clock ticked down to the end of the 90-minute game—still KC 1 – Thorns 0. But, due to game delays, the officials added 5 minutes. The game went on. In the very last minute of extended play, the Thorns had a corner kick. The Thorn’s goalie raced down the field to assist the offense. The kick went high and straight to the Thorns’s goalie. She used her head and aimed the shot directly into the goal. SCORE one for the Thorns! Not the proverbial victory but a tie-game snatched from jaws of defeat!
So, what’s hot in Portland? The Thorns deserve their reputation as one of the stars in a great city. Of all the professional sports games we’ve seen, this was the most exciting.
And can we also say that great fans and a stadium that’s an easy walk away added to an entertaining evening for us, who are not sports fans.