Portland Thorns say there's no place like home

Portland Thorns say there's no place like home

Portland Thorns say there's no place like home

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by Joe Becker

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Posted on June 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 8 at 4:27 PM

PORTLAND -- The Portland Thorns beat FC Kansas City on Thursday night 4-3, and for the fifth consecutive game, the Thorns drew more than 10,00 fans at Jeld-Wen Field.

U.S. Soccer Superstar Abby Wambach tweeted a shout-out to Portland's die-hard soccer fans.

Wambach now lives in the Rose City, but plays for the Western New York Flash. Yes, word is spreading that Portland and Jeld-Wen Field is the place to be and play soccer.

“They’re definitely jealous of what we have here in Portland,” Alex Morgan says about her teammates on the U.S. National team, who beat Canada 3-0 earlier this month in Toronto.

“I feel lucky because I’m out there and I’m telling them that yeah, this is the best organization," she said. "This is the best city to play for.”

There are eight teams in the new National Women’s Soccer League and the Thorns have the best attendance by far, averaging more than 12,000 fans per game.

FC Kansas City is averaging close to 5,000 for four regular season games so far.

Thorns Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc plays for team Canada and many of her teammates play in the NWSL. She is hearing the same thing as Morgan.

“How great Portland is,” LeBlanc says. “Everybody knows this is the greatest place to be playing. They actually love coming here. I think it’s going to be hard to top, but I hope other organizations jump on board and see that they too can have something like this, not like this, because our fans are the greatest fans. I mean everyone loves it and they love what it’s doing for the game.”

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