PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Thorns FC hosted a rally Tuesday evening to celebrate their 2022 National Women's Soccer League title. The club invited fans to attend the event and honor the Thorns players.
The Thorns beat the Kansas City Current, 2-0, in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Sophia Smith, the season's Most Valuable Player, scored early and helped the Thorns take home their third NWSL championship title.
Tuesday's celebration was held at Providence Park on Southwest Morrison Street and Southwest 20th Avenue. The free event started at 6 p.m. and featured Thorns FC players, coaches and several Oregon political leaders made statements at the event.
"Portland is now at the epicenter of women's soccer!" said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.
Wyden had the honor of introducing Portland Thorns legend Christine Sinclair, who had some news to share.
"So I'm announcing it here, I'll be be back next year," said Sinclair, to roaring applause. "To win a fourth one of those [trophies] and f--- Seattle!"
The Thorns also won in 2013, the league's inaugural season, and again in 2017. The three titles are the most for any team in the league.
Smith received the title of MVP earlier this week after scoring a club-record 14 goals during the regular season. She was also chosen the championship game MVP.
"Honestly I just want to say we wouldn't be here with this trophy without you guys," said Smith during the rally. "You've supported us though our ups and downs and we just really appreciate that."
On Sunday, hundreds of soccer fans gathered outside Portland International Airport to welcome the Thorns back home following their victory.