What’s hot in Portland

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.

The first half of the game was scoreless, but not for lack of trying.

The first half of the game was scoreless, but not for lack of trying.

The fans were all ages and politely, but wildly enthusiastic, chanting and stamping to the cadences set by a volunteer team of drummers.

The fans were all ages and politely, but wildly enthusiastic, chanting and stamping to the cadences set by a volunteer team of drummers.

Bright red soccer scarves or red shirts were worn by many throughout the stadium.

Bright red soccer scarves or red shirts were worn by many throughout the stadium.

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!

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The celebration was on! Who’s been to a game where the goalie goes to the offense and makes a goal?

The Rose City crowds went wild, cheering as the team took a walk around the field at the end of the game. The goalie, Michelle Betos, is at the far left of the photo (number 18 and dressed in black).

The Rose City crowds went wild, cheering as the team took a walk around the field at the end of the game. The goalie, Michelle Betos, is at the far left of the photo (number 18 and dressed in black).

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.

 

June 2015

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3 Responses to What’s hot in Portland

  1. Lots of action here too with the Canadian team moving ahead. There’s been record crowds attending the games; some even declaring, it’s better than the men’s because the women don’t “fake” injuries. They just get on with the game.

  2. Such fun. And, like you said, what a treat to be able to walk there.

  3. plaidcamper says:

    It’s lovely when sports fans enjoy the game and respect each other. Growing up and watching football (soccer) in the UK, in the 1970s and 1980s, it wasn’t always like that.
    Glad you saw “The Beautiful Game” as just that!

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