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Portland Rain
« on: April 14, 2009, 03:36:32 PM »
Can't find a press release or announcement anywhere but it seems that Portland Rain will be joining the WPSL next summer.

Tried a search to confirm. Portland and rain seems to throw up a massive response.  ;D ;D  but no news release. :(



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Re: Portland Rain
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2009, 03:38:21 PM »
Portland Rain announce home venue

Home Games For 2009 Inaugural Season To Be Played At Hillsboro Stadium

Portland, Oregon (03/02/09)

The Portland Rain of the Pacific Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) have announced Hillsboro Stadium as their venue for all home games during the team's inaugural Summer 2009 season. The Portland organization worked in conjunction with the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department to confirm the 7,000-seat stadium as the home of the Rain.

Portland will play at least 10 home games in 2009, including four friendly matches with opponents from around the Pacific Northwest as the Rain tunes up for the WPSL regular season, which is set to begin the last weekend in May.

"Hillsboro Stadium is a wonderful facility and a great fit for us," said interim Head Coach Stan Rodrigues. "It's easy to get to, and it's a very community-oriented venue, which fits perfectly with what we're about at the Rain. People will be entertained by quality of play we're going to have, and it will be a great activity to come out with the family and enjoy a great evening of soccer at a great soccer facility."

Hillsboro Stadium features a 170,000 square foot Astroturf field that has played host to a number of sports including baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and more. The main grandstand is on the south side of the field stadium and features seating for 7,000 spectators, covered seats, locker rooms, team training facilities and full concession stands.

On August 9, 2008, the stadium hosted a regular season game between the Philadelphia Barrage and the New Jersey Pride of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). With attendance totaling 3,687, Hillsboro Stadium is mentioned as the likely home of any MLL team that may be awarded to or relocate to Portland.

"The City of Hillsboro is delighted that Hillsboro Stadium will be the home field of the exciting new Portland Rain women's soccer team," said Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Community Resources Manager Corinne Bloomfield. "The WPSL level of play brings a high quality sports experience to families and soccer enthusiasts in the Hillsboro/Portland area."

Past tenants have included the Portland State University football team in 2000 when then Civic Stadium was being renovated. In May 2001, the University of Oregon Ducks football team held their annual Spring Game at the stadium, an event which included future NFL quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Jason Fife.

Designed by GBD Architects, the stadium was named one of 1999's Best Public Project Award recipients by AIA Western International. The facility also won the 2000 Design Award of Merit from International Illumination Design Award.

The WPSL is set to release its full schedule in early March. The Portland Rain launches its inaugural WPSL season in May 2009, joining the Pacific-North Division. For more information, you can visit their website at http://www.portlandrainfc.com. You can contact General Manager Stacy Troiano by phone at (503) 764-2396 (ext. 2) or by email at stacy@portlandrainfc.com.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=624

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Re: Portland Rain
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2009, 03:41:43 PM »
PORTLAND TO HOST ARGENTINA IN HOME FINALE

Pacific Conference side to treat fans with match vs. '07 Women's World Cup participant
 
Portland, Oregon - 17th March 2009

The Portland Rain of the Pacific Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) have announced they will host the Argentina Women's National Team in an international friendly this summer during its inaugural season. The match will be played on Thursday, July 16th at 7:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.
 
The Argentina WNT competed in both the 2007 Women's World Cup hosted by China and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Argentina upset Brazil in the 2006 Sudamericano Femenino to win the tournament, which helped them qualify for both competitions.

"Playing a national team is quite an honor," said Portland Interim Head Coach Stan Rodrigues. "Argentina has such a rich history of soccer which presents an amazing opportunity for the Rain and for Portland. Hosting a game of this caliber in Portland is a great experience for a thriving soccer community and also for the Argentina players who get to experience a new part of the world in a city with a lot to offer. Chances like this do not come around often."

The Portland Rain season begins with a friendly on Sunday, May 3rd and runs through August, with the 2009 WPSL Final Four taking place on August 1st and 2nd in New York. The friendly against Argentina will be the home finale for the Rain, with the full Summer 2009 schedule set to be released later this week that will have 11 home games including four friendly matches and seven regular season WPSL games.

The WPSL has had a long history of competing against various national teams in the past - with a long history of giving these teams all they can handle - as both the Australia & Mexican National Teams have been defeated by WPSL member teams. In other matches versus international competition, Ghana was defeated by the 2008 Pacific-North champion California Storm by a 1-0 score amidst their preparations for the 2007 WWC & held the USWNT scoreless for over 72 minutes in an exhibition match. In 2005, the New England Mutiny of the East Conference had China down by a 3-1 score in front of over 3,000 people in Agawam, MA before succumbing to a 4-3 defeat in the final minutes.

You can pre-order tickets for the Argentina game and the 2009 season now by visiting http://www.portlandrainfc.com or by calling 503-764-2396 today - tickets are limited and going fast! The Portland Rain launches its inaugural WPSL season in May 2009, joining the Pacific-North Division. For more information, you can contact General Manager Stacy Troiano by phone at 503-764-2396 (ext. 2) or by email at Stacy@portlandrainfc.com.

The Portland Rain will hold its second open tryout session this Saturday, March 21st from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Stott Recreation Field at Portland State University. Tryouts are open to players 16 and older who are eligible in accordance with all NCAA regulations. Saturday's tryouts will be the second of three open tryout dates, with the final date coming a week later on March 28th.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=632
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Re: Portland Rain
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2009, 03:42:58 PM »
I wouldn't be suprised if they get a WPS promotion in a few years since their USL men are getting promoted to MLS. Football in the Pacific Northwest US is crazy. They foam at the mouth for it, and with Seattle winning this past Thursday, and Vancouver and Portland getting promotions to MLS over the next few years, I really think Rain will get a WPS call up, persay. 

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Re: Portland Rain
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2009, 12:05:03 PM »
PORTLAND RAIN ANNOUNCES 2009 ROSTER

Portland, Oregon - 8th April 2009

The Portland Rain of the Pacific Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) announced their initial Summer 2009 roster, compiled of 27 players from Oregon to Ohio for their inaugural season which kicks off on May 3rd against the Seattle Synergy at Hillsboro Stadium. The roster will be a rolling roster through April & May and will be finalized on June 10th in conjunction with NCAA eligibility regulations.

The 2009 Portland Rain includes a number of standout players who have committed to bringing competitive women's soccer to the spotlight in the Portland area. Some key players to sign with the Rain include midfielder/forward Ali Williams, who was the 2005 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year at the University of Georgia, former Oregon Class 4A Player of the Year & University of Washington star Melissa Beal & current Cameroon National Team member Ngum Suh.
 
The Rain also signed twins Jackie (2008 NAIA Player of the Year) and Justine Pronovost, both All-America selections at Concordia University. The full roster can be can be found at Portland's official website (http://www.portlandrainfc.com/roster.htm).
 
"I'm extremely pleased with the roster we have put together and the great talent that we had to choose from," said interim coach Stan Rodrigues. "We have a number of decorated players who came out of strong college programs from all over the country, and I believe this team will gel very well. We will have to work extremely hard to get to the level that the organization wants to be at, but with the group we have here, I think we can definitely head in the right direction."
 
The Rain signed forward/midfielder Nicole Wilcox this past week - the first player to sign with the team for its inaugural season. The 26-year-old played at Iowa State for two years before transferring to Washington State in 2002. At Iowa State, Wilcox was named Second Team All-Big 12 after leading the team in scoring as a freshman while starting all 36 matches in her two seasons for the Cyclones. At Washington State, Wilcox was a Second Team All-PAC 10 selection and a PAC-10 Medal Winner in 2003 and 2004 for the Cougars.
 
The Portland Rain season gets underway on Sunday, May 3rd with a friendly against fellow WPSL newcomers, the Seattle Synergy at Hillsboro Stadium. The full 2009 schedule is available at http://www.portlandrainfc.com.

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php?cat=60&id=654

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Re: Portland Rain
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009, 12:13:31 PM »
PORTLAND RAIN SIGN PORTLAND PILOTS STAR NATALIE BUDGE

Portland, Oregon
April 16, 2009

The Portland Rain sign former University of Portland standout M/F Natalie Budge to the 2009 squad, rounding out the initial roster for the team's inaugural season.

Budge played four years at the University of Portland, finishing her career with 31 goals and 26 assists for a total of 88 points. On the Pilots all-time leaders list, Budge ranks 10th in points, 9th in goals and 13th in assists. In 2006, she was a member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team where she competed internationally, and she's currently coming off a year of playing professionally in Germany.

"Natalie has played at the highest levels in her career, and we're glad to have a player of her caliber to help bring this team to the success it's looking for," said Rain interim coach Stan Rodrigues. "She's a local kid who has gone through the ranks in her playing career and is a great role model for youth players in this area, and she has the ability to make a great impact on this team and on the league itself."

Budge hails from Tualatin High School, where she was an All-State selection in each of her four years (First Team selection in 2001 and 2003, Second team in 2000 and 2002). She finished her high school career with an impressive count of over 70 goals and 50 assists.

Budge rounds out a 2009 roster that includes a number of standout players who have committed to bringing competitive women's soccer to the spotlight in the Portland area. Some key players to sign with the Rain include former Washington State star Nicole Wilcox; 2005 SEC Player of the Year at the University of Georgia Allison Williams; former Oregon class 4A Player o f the Year Melissa Beal; and current Cameroon National Team member Ngum Suh.

http://www.portlandrainfc.com.
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Re: Portland Rain
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2009, 01:01:17 AM »
PORTLAND RAIN SHUNTS OUT SEATTLE SYNERGY 4-0 IN FIRST GAME OF SEASON

Portland, Oregon
May 4, 2009

The Portland Rain opened their inaugural season at Hillsboro Stadium with a 4-0 shut out over the Seattle Synergy this Sunday, May 3 in both team's first friendly of the season.

Portland dominated possession of the ball throughout the game. After numerous shots on goal during the first half, Rain midfielder, Vicky Cruz, finally landed one in the net in the 40th minute, beating out Seattle goalie Holly Jones with an assist by former University of Portland star Jennifer Tuttle to give the Rain a 1-0 advantage.

The momentum picked up at the start of the second half with two back-to-back goals coming in the 47th and 50th minutes. The first was scored by defender Hayley Koch with the assist coming from Jen Valentine. Just moments later Lauren Miller pulled out a successful shot against Jones as Hayley Koch contributed with the assist.

The icing on the cake came during the 80th minute when co-captain Nicole Wilcox headed one into the corner of the net off an assist from former SEC Player of the Year at Georgia, Ali Williams.

Portland finished with a dominating 23-6 advantage in shots and 6-0 edge in corner kicks. Rain goalies Georgie Christensen and Jess Kuehlwein combined for the shutout.

Co-Players of the Game were Vicky Cruz and Ali Williams.

The Rain travel to Boise on Friday to take on the Boise Blitz of the WPSL’s Big Sky conference. Kick off will be at 5:30 p.m. (PDT).

Portland’s next home game will be Monday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium against Boise as well.

http://www.portlandrainfc.com.

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Re: Portland Rain
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2009, 08:56:32 PM »
The Rain kept another clean sheet in the second of their pre-season matches ahead of their first Pacific Division season.

PORTLAND RAIN NOTCHES 2-0 VICTORY OVER BOISE

Portland, Oregon
May 11th, 2009

The Portland Rain are off to a quick start in their 2009 inaugural season. After a 4-0 win in the season opener on May 3 versus Seattle, the Rain notched a 2-0 victory over the Boise Blitz on Friday night in Boise.

The win moves the Rain to 2-0 to start the 2009 season.

Portland missed a number of close chances in the first half, but held Boise scoreless as well, and went into the half tied at zero. Midfielder Justine Pronovost got the Rain on the board early in the second half when she fired one into the back of the net after a scramble in the box.

The Rain kept the pressure up and later in the second half, defender Erica Hibbard scored her first of the season to give the Rain a 2-0 cushion, which is where the game would end.

Goalkeeper Georgie Christensen recorded the shutout for the Rain

Co-Players of the Game were Vicky Cruz and Ali Williams.

“I was really happy with how we played on Friday,” said coach Stan Rodrigues. “We were a little short-handed only taking 14 players on this trip, but these girls stepped up, and I’m really proud of them.”

http://www.portlandrainfc.com/pressRel.htm

In their next game, Portland were due to take on the Blitz again, this time at home, on Monday, May 18th in an evening game at Hillsboro Stadium.