Portland fans crazy for U.S. women's soccer

Portland fans crazy for U.S. women's soccer

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by Mike Benner and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 23, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 23 at 9:53 AM

PORTLAND -- The U.S. Women's National Team drew a big crowd to Jeld-Wen Field in Portland Thursday night as Team USA defeated Canada 3-0 in a "friendly" match.

"They're amazing," said young fan Ashlyn Strohmaier.

The U.S. team placed second at the recent World Cup, losing in the finals to Japan after several thrilling victories to reach the medal match.

It was the tenth time the national women's team has played in the Rose City. Abby Wambach scored two goals to lead Team USA to the win.

More: Wambach scores twice in U.S. win

"I think they're a really good team," said fan Caroline Allers, who came all the way from Bend to watch the match. Some fans came further.  Lindsey Brunke traveled all the way from Arizona.

"They're just so talented and energized and they get everyone into the game," said Brunke.

The women have a cult-like following that comes out to watch them play.  Girls more than half their age were screaming loudly throughout the match.  One parent enjoyed it.

"They seem like they're high quality individuals and it's nice to see them look up to the folks like that in the sports world," said Chris Hamm.

The exhibition matches are a tune-up before the national team starts its next round of matches. Qualifying rounds for the 2012 Olympics in London begin in four months.

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