Thorns celebrate national title at Jeld-Wen

Credit: KGW

The Thorns were honored at City Hall for their NWSL championship.


by Jeff Thompson, Staff

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 1:12 PM

PORTLAND -- The Portland Thorns FC held a rally Wednesday at Jeld-Wen Field celebrating their championship win in the National Women's Soccer League's first season.

The rally Wednesday was free and open to the public.

"It's been great to come home to a city you put so much pride into playing wearing that jersey and playing for Portland and seeing that reaction," said Thorns goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc at Wednesday's rally.

The Thorns shut out the top-seeded Western New York Flash with a 2-0 win Saturday in Rochester, N.Y.

Background: Thorns FC win NWSL Championship in 2-0 win over Flash

The Thorns' fans also led the league in attendance for the inaugural season, averaging more than 13,000 in attendance per game. And they filled Portland International Airport on Sunday to welcome the champs home (see video below).

Thorns radio announcer Ann Schatz hosted the event, which included messages from head coach Cindy Parlow Cone and select players, as well as the NWSL championship trophy presentation and an autograph-signing session.

Due to national team call-ups and prior commitments, Rachel Buehler, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan,  Allie Long, Christine Sinclair and Tiffany Weimer will not be there.

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