Editor’s Note: There is some graphic language in the Thorns victory celebration in the video player inside this story.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Thousands of fans roared their love and approval for the Portland Thorns just days after the team won its third NWSL championship with a 2-0 victory over Kansas City.
“What is this? This is amazing,” said Thorns head coach Rhian Wilkinson of the crowd that had gathered to celebrate the Thorns NWSL Championship. “That’s the best part of it is just watching the players and the fans get to interact like this. This is what we’ve needed all season, and it’s so great that they get to do this together.”
Gov. Kate Brown and Sen. Jeff Merkley were among the dignitaries who spoke to the fans gathered inside Providence Park. Players and Coach Rian Wilkinson also spoke during the ceremony.
But it was star Christine Sinclair, who has been with the Thorns for 10 years, who brought the house down when she announced she would return for another season — and then issued an expletive directed toward Seattle which led the fans into a chant that lasted for about a minute.
One by one, most of the Thorns players took turns at the microphone — and all of them paid tribute to the amazing fan base that screams their hardest each and every game.
“What you see is just the growth of the league that each championship seems to mean more with the exposure and visibility of the sport, which is exciting. Having been here for ten years, it’s what I’ve always wanted is this league to just grow and flourish,” said Sinclair.
Their third NWSL championship came amid a turbulent, off-field season. But those thoughts were put away for the night of celebration.
However, league MVP Sophia Smith, who also scored in the title game, did have one item she wanted team management to note.
“Look how well we play when we fly charter,” she said, bringing laughs from the players and cheers from the crowd.
Watch the celebration in the video above.