WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2013 – The Portland Thorns Football Club held a rally Wednesday for their boisterous fans at Jeld-Wen Field, in honor of bringing home the National Women's Soccer League Championship, in this, the Thorn's first season.
“We love our Thorns!” shouted Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, as the crowd roared. He was joined on stage by Portland Commissioner Nick Fish and Nancy Hales, Portland’s First Lady.
Hales pointed out that it was Portland’s first national professional sports championship since the 1977 Trail Blazers.
"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, as quoted by Reporter Jeff Thompson of KGW.
The Thorns shut out the top-seeded Western New York Flash with a 2-0 win Saturday in Rochester ,N.Y., to win the national title. The team finish the season tied for the league lead with 38 points (11-6-5 overall), and drew average of 13,320 fans to 11 home matches.
Not all of the Thorns were in attendance Wednesday, as some had been called up to national teams. The roster includes: Rachel Buehler, Marian Dougherty, Tina Ellertson, Becky Edwards, Danielle Foxhoven, Adelaide Gay, Elizabeth Guess, Tobin Heath, Angie Kerr, Karina LeBlanc, Allie Long, Nikki Marshall, Alex Morgan, Emilee O’Neil, Casey Ramirez, Meleana Shim, Christine Sinclair, Nikki Washington, Tiffany Weimer, Courtney Wetzel and Kathryn Williamson.
The team is lead by Head Coach Cindy Parlow Cone and her staff: Assistant Coaches John Galas and Nate Berry; Trainer Sheila Tatsunami; and Manager Megan Lovich.