On Saturday, more than twenty-thousand were on hand at Providence Park for a potentially Shield-deciding match versus OL Reign. The full pageantry and noise of such an occasion echoed through the night…
On Saturday, several hundred angry, sick-at-heart Thorns fans gathered at the stadium plaza to demand change. There were dozens of creative signs, dozens more direct-to-the-point signs, the new #NoMoreSideHustles scarf by the players’ association made its debut, silk-screened prints of protest art were handed out, chalked messages and demands and mockery adorned the sidewalks, there were drums and chanting, there was an around-the-block parade. And there was smoke, OMFG was there smoke! 18 Goals Beyond?
Checks out these images from the day:
Today nobody can say what effect all this will have. Merritt Paulson clearly feels that we fans get hysterical about issues and if he just waits it will go away. That strategy has sometimes worked for him but this time it feels different. At a bare minimum, the Thorns organization committed evil sins of omission which can no longer be pretended away. And if the crowd on Saturday is to be believed, they will never be forgotten on the terraces.