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VIDEO: Portland Thorns return to big crowd at airport

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Some 15 hours after winning the first-ever National Women’s Soccer League Championship, Portland Thorns FC returned to their home city to a huge crowd waiting at Portland International Airport.

It’s a scene otherwise reserved only for the U.S. women’s national team and a scale completely unprecedented for a women’s club soccer team.

[More:  Full coverage of the NWSL Championship coverage from Rochester, N.Y.]

Portland had a small contingent of traveling supporters — what looked like about 25 or so Rose City Riveters — who made a good deal of noise at Sahlen’s Stadium, singing and chanting throughout the match as their team defeated the Western New York Flash 2-0.

Here’s a look at the scenes:


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