Women

10 October 3:28 pm

Not only are Thorns FC players champions on the field, they strive to create and build champions within the community. The Rose City Readers program was implemented to do just that -- make third graders at the “I Have A Dream” Foundation Dreamer School Alder Elementary, champions in reading.

Thorns FC players will attend third grade classrooms on a monthly basis reading books to students focusing on the importance of physical education, health and other central topics.


Photo by Liz Wade

On October 9, Rachel Buehler and Meleana Shim browsed the library at Alder Elementary looking for books to read to students. “I want to read them Polar Express!” Shim commented. After 15 minutes of searching, it was time to read to the first class. There was a buzz of whispers and smiles between the classrooms when Buehler and Shim were first spotted. When introduced as professional women soccer players, jaws dropped and questions sprung from their mouths. They ranged from who their favorite soccer player was to what their favorite food was. Sticking to the theme of eating healthy, Buehler answered vegetables while Shim answered with mangos.

In the first classroom, Buehler and Shim read “Surfer Chick” by Kristey Dempsey, which focused on the importance of a positive attitude, practice makes perfect and never giving up. For the second group of third graders, they read “Dear Mrs. Lurue: Letters From Detention School” by Mark Teague, which centered on looking at all points of view in every situation. During the last session, students had the chance to read to Buehler and Shim in a one-on-one environment.


Photo by Liz Wade

Focusing on reading proficiency in the third grade is a critical step toward increasing the number of students who succeed academically and ultimately in life. During the third grade, students are transitioning from learning to read, using basic knowledge of the alphabet, to reading to learn. The Rose City Readers program inspires youth in the classroom by harnessing the power of sport and mentorship to magnify the importance of reading. The Thorns FC players have a unique ability to motivate students to improve their reading skills and increase their passion for education.

Shyvonne Williams, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation Alder Program Manager, was excited about the program. “We are so pleased ‘Stand Together’ thought of Alder. It went amazing today and we cannot wait to have the players back next month!”

 

06 August 11:10 am

Portland Thorns FC fans in attendance at the final regular season game were sure to notice the tremendous tifo display put on by the Rose City Riveters supporters group. Hanging high over the north end of the stadium, a beautiful, handcrafted image paid tribute to the Thorns.

Although every fan at JELD-WEN Field appreciated the display, few likely understood the time and effort put in to making it possible. Over 60 people combined for a total of 375 work hours to imagine, create, complete, and execute the tifo display.

The process began in July when Rose City Riveters members came up with and finalized the design. With space, cloth, paint, and rigging provided by the 107ist, the Rose City Riveters began outlining the image. After hours of painting and touch ups the final product was ready to go in time for the August 4th match. Additionally, volunteers prepared accompanying two-stick banners, streamers, and instructions for the execution of the display.

To read the complete story of how the tifo came to life, visit the Rose City Riveters official site

30 July 10:56 am

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Portland Thorns FC forward Tiffany Weimer has traveled the world suiting up for clubs in Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. Now, the Connecticut native has returned to the United States to play for the Thorns.

Recently, the New Haven Register highlighted some of Weimer’s globe-trotting adventures in a feature available on their website. Check it out here.

26 July 11:41 am

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Portland Thorns FC fans who keep up on local soccer know about the tremendous amount of success forward Danielle Foxhoven had during her time at the University of Portland and her strong roots in Portland.

However, not many fans know about the challenges she faced following her collegiate career. As part of their continuing Total Access series, espnW recently spoke with Foxhoven about her time in Russia playing for FC Energy Voronezh, cold feet, watching fellow Pilots Sophie Schmidt and Christine Sinclair at the London 2012 Olympics followed by her eventual journey back to Portland.

To read Foxhoven's story, visit espnW.

 

18 July 1:35 pm

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Portland Thorns FC have fielded several different lineups over the course of the season due to national team call ups, injuries, and roster changes. The arrival of Tiffany Weimer has helped provide stability in the midfield, as well as add another personality to the already exuberant roster. 

Weimer recently wrote a blog post as part of espnW's Total Access in which she hit on a variety of topics, ranging from her move from Denmark to Portland, learning about popular trends from her younger teammates, to dispelling the rumor that she's here to steal Christine Sinclair's two Hermann trophies--seriously, she's NOT here to do that.

To read Tiffany's blog, titled "Be Your Selfie," visit espnW.

 

16 July 3:54 pm

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Continuing the new tradition of the presentation of roses following Thorns games to the goal scorers and goalkeeper who achieved a shutout, Girls, Inc. has been sending participants from their great youth programs to meet players after the game and hand them the roses in front of the North End supporters. For an organization that looks to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold, it's truly a special moment after the match.

July 6 vs. Western New York Flash - Bella Schaeffer
7th grade, D

How did you like today?
I had a lot of fun. It was really fun to sit up in the stands with my dad and being in the shade and coming down here into the field and giving roses to Meleana Shim.

What was your favorite part of the day?
Probably giving roses and saying hi to the coach again. I met her from other events and it was really fun to see her again.

Is this your first Thorns game?
No, I have been to two others.

Do you have a favorite player?
I like all of them, but probably the goalie if I were to choose one because she is just really amazing and I like her hair too.

What makes you strong?
What makes me strong is that I always stop and think about things before I do them. I am also strong physically because I do dance and it helps my muscles.

What makes you smart?
I have struggled with ADHD my whole life so that made my brain smarter, if that makes sense. It helps a lot.

What makes you bold?
I usually stand out in a crowd most of the time because I think I am unique and I have really curly hair.

Have you ever played soccer?
I did it for 2-3 years and it was fun but I had other stuff going on.

Now you’re dancing?
Yes I am. I do ballet and jazz.

What is your favorite part about dancing?
I like being really graceful and I have always wanted to fly and that is the closest to flying I can get. 

 

08 July 12:23 pm

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Continuing the new tradition of the presentation of roses following Thorns games to the goal scorers and goalkeeper who achieved a shutout, Girls, Inc. has been sending participants from their great youth programs to meet players after the game and hand them the roses in front of the North End supporters. For an organization that looks to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold, it's truly a special moment after the match.

July 6 vs. Boston Breakers - Eilish Koch

What was your favorite part of the day?
I think my favorite part was the game, all of it.

What did you just do about five minutes ago?
I got to meet all of the players and the captain [Christine Sinclair] gave me her armband and I got a scarf from the coach (Cindy Parlow Cone). It was really cool.

Did you get to meet your favorite player?
Yes, the goalie Karina LeBlanc.

Why is she your favorite player?
I like how she busts into the game, throws it and catches the ball, I think it is really cool.

What makes you strong?
I am strong because if there is a girl hurt on the playground I will help her up and take her to the office even when I want to play the other games.

What makes you smart?
I am smart because I can be kooky and crazy and weird, but I can also be serious and attentive and (long pause) boring.

What makes you bold?
I am bold because I can stand up in front of a bunch of people and make a speech, or sing a song, or do a comedy act and I can be outward, do it with a strong voice and make eye contact.

Do you play sports?
I play sports, but I am not on a team.

What’s your favorite sport to play?
I have to say I like wrestling. I like the movement, locking and using pressure. I don’t want to hurt anybody I just like wrestling.

Do you think you’ll come back to another game?
Yah! I like to watch and I’ll try to get my cousin, Emily, back into playing. 

14 June 4:16 pm

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Continuing the new tradition of the presentation of roses following Thorns games to the goal scorers and goalkeeper who achieved a shutout, Girls, Inc. has been sending participants from their great youth programs to meet players after the game and hand them the roses in front of the North End supporters. For an organization that looks to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold, it's truly a special moment after the match.

June 6, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City

Hannah Wilker is a 6th grader in the Access Academy Alternative Program.

What makes your strong, smart and bold?
I am strong because I am good with my friends and I am very confident. I like to help others achieve their goals. I am smart because I study a lot and I have motivation – well, sometimes I procrastinate, but everyone has their moments. And in general, I am good with people which can make you smart. I can be bold a lot. I like to challenge what others think if I don’t not think it is correct. And I will admit when I am not correct about what I am thinking but I definitely like to challenge common ideas.

Tell us about today:
I was at the season’s opening day match which was great. But today’s game was more high energy and a more goals were scored. It definitely had a different kind of energy.

Favorite part about today:
My favorite part about today was definitely the game. I really liked Alex’s goals – they were very pretty and superb. And the Rose Ceremony. I was so nervous! They are amazing soccer players – they are world class and I aspire to be like them. They are my role models.

 

13 June 1:52 pm

Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer / Portland Thorns FC

"It's an interesting challenge to create a team from nothing," Parlow Cone said. "In my previous experiences, we always had a core. In college, you lost the seniors and gained the freshmen, but you always had a core group and you built around them. Here, we had none of that."

espnW continues their Total Access series with a story about how  USWNT legend Cindy Parlow Cone made the decision to leave her post as an assistant coach at her alma mater University of North Carolina and travel across the country to helm Portland Thorns FC in the nascent National Women's Soccer League. Drawing upon her years of experience in the game at various forms and roles, Cone has quickly put together a winning roster.

Read it here. 

06 June 2:42 pm

"There are more than a few cities in the country where people love soccer but they're not selling out every game. Clearly, [Portland is] the flagship team in the league,"  - Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

In a look into the success of the Portland Thorns as a new franchise in a new National Women's Soccer League, espnW's Melissa Isaacson takes a closer look into the buzz and growth of the new club and its impact on the American soccer landscape.

Read it here.

Soccer City, U.S.A. indeed.