It’s 6:30am PT, and the Rose City Riveters are gathering on the east side of Portland, getting ready for the trek North to see Thorns FC take on heated rival Seattle Reign FC. Loaded up on coffee, pastries and more goodies, the Riveters board the two buses, and the #BeatSeattle weekend begins.
A pit stop at Scatter Creek was accompanied with a little kick about, of course.
Three-and-a-half hours after leaving PDX, the buses arrived at Memorial Stadium, full of Riveters ready to get rowdy. Nearly 200 supporters made the trip to cheer on their Thorns–and their voices were definitely heard.
The task for the Thorns was tall: Take down the Reign, a team they’d never beaten at Memorial Stadium before. But there was something different about this one. It was a hard-fought, scrappy battle – and the Riveters were loud and proud for the entire 90 minutes.
When the final whistle blew, it was pure elation for the team and fans alike.
For the supporters that made the trip, it was worth every second of travel–on that day, and every Seattle Away day prior. “We beat Seattle, in their house!” rang out as the players celebrated on the pitch.
But for a few dozen Riveters, the weekend is far from over… on Sunday, they’ll switch focus to the Portland Timbers and join the rest of the traveling Timbers Army supporters as they head to CenturyLink Field for the Heineken Rivalry Match against Seattle Sounders FC (6:30pm PT, FS1) to sing and dance. Will it be a six-point weekend? Stay tuned…