The World According to Weimer: Portland on My Mind

Portland, OR - Saturday May 27, 2017: Amandine Henry, Nadia Nadim celebrate a goal during a regular season National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) match between the Portland Thorns FC and the Boston Breakers at Providence Park.


Breakers logoThis is the seventh article for Empire of Soccer by the NWSL and Boston Breakers player Tiffany Weimer. The Connecticut native and former star at Penn State who has played professionally in the U.S., Canada and abroad offers an inside look at the care and feeding of a soccer player.

Over the weekend, we had an away trip to Portland to play the Thorns. We had some of the toughest turbulence I’ve ever experienced on the five-and-a-half-hour flight there. Other than that, it was uneventful, which doesn’t seem so common anymore, according to social media anyway.

Shout out to JetBlue for not being in the news for the wrong reasons. I sat next to Emelie and Dri, near the back of the plane (which might have experienced harsher turbulence) but also was closer to the rest room. I’m big on being near the rest room, for obvious reasons. The girls joke that it has something to do with my age and maybe it does. I can be the first professional athlete sponsored by Depends. Yay.  

The Portland trip is a fun one because of the shopping we get to do at Nike and Adidas and of course Portland is a cool city. It was one of my favorite cities to live in … and there have been a lot of those.

We trained on Nike’s campus yesterday and had lunch in one of its cafeterias. It’s like its own little town, definitely something to see if in Portland.

The game itself wasn’t what we wanted, a 2-0 loss. The trip to the West Coast is difficult and the first 10 minutes of a game are likely the toughest and the most important. Unfortunately, Portland scored twice in the first 10 and though we were able to hold them off the rest of the game, it was difficult to recover from that.

It’s always hard to not be in awe of playing at Providence Park. It’s not my home stadium, I’m playing a team that has done notoriously well each season and I’m there for business. If I stop for one second during warmup or the game and think about what’s going on around me, about the 18,000 plus people watching, about the size of the stadium, it might get to me. But I can’t and I don’t. It has to be just part of the day’s work.

After the fact, when I look back and think about how many people 18,000 is and how incredible it is what Portland has done, that’s when I’m like, wow, damn,, geez, dang, whoa, bro. All those really descriptive words that I learned from my journalism degree.

I remember being young and playing tournaments in Florida or Virginia or Maryland knowing that if I didn’t do well and if we didn’t win, it was a long time to sit and think about it on the way home. We had a long plane ride back to Boston. It’s hard going back after a loss because I feel this in between emotion of being really tired and bummed and also wanting to start preparation for the next game. But there’s nothing I can do except sit there, maybe write down things I can do to get better, analyze the game a little. For the most part, I just have to sleep or do something else.

I imagine a lot of people feel this way after games.

Regardless, the weekend has passed and we have a new opponent to think about: Orlando. All we can be is better than the week before. As my lovely LA CLÉ bracelet says that I wear every day: “absolutely everything is progress.” That’s the best way to look at this season in my opinion.

Quick Hits

O.K.. Apparently, this is everyone’s favorite part of the blog. I think it’s because most people have A.D.D. But what do I know?

Here we go …

There are few people in my life that I think are funnier than me. Allysha Chapman is amazingly close. For those of you who don’t know her, I think she’s a combination of the girl from “The Exorcist” and Kate McKinnon from “Saturday Night Live.” Yep, you got it. Scary funny.

We weren’t the most important group staying at the Sheraton in Portland over the weekend.  Furlandia 2017 was taking place in the hotel all around us. If you don’t know what Furlandia is click here. Made the weekend much more interesting that’s for sure.

Roommate of the Week Once again, Sammy Jo Prudhomme! She and I played a little prank scaring Iffy Onumonu and Christen Westphal in the hallway. They were actually terrified. If I find someone to play pranks with, they are my for real friend. Way to go Sammy Jo!

Teammate of the Week It’s Amanda Frisbie – because it was her birthday on Monday! And also, because she is such an amazing friend who came over to my house for her birthday brunch! That is the best type of friend. But for real, she’s one of my favorite people in the world and she deserves a shout out in this blog every week. Sadly, I have to spread the love to the others.

JetBlue Shout Out No. 2 Free WiFi. Clutch.

Shameless Promotion of My Own The Duktig Brand soccer planners are arriving in less than a week and I cannot wait to get all the orders out. I’m so excited for people to see what 2.0 looks like!

Not MVP of the Week Boston traffic. Man. You. Just. Horrible. Especially. For. Someone. With. A. Weak. Bladder.

I recently finished reading “The Chris Farley Show” and cannot even believe that he was supposed to be the voice of Shrek. Did everyone know this? How did I not know this?

Update A few weeks ago, I had a double nutmeg in 5 v 2, which I tweeted about. I would like to let the world know that the two involved in the nutmeg have finally returned to our 5 v2  grid this week.

That’s all for today. Check back next week where I’ll write about our trip to Orlando and our not trip to Disney World.