Portland Thorns forward Alex Morgan (13) controls the ball at JELD-WEN Field on April 21, 2013. (Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Thorns FC)

America’s soccer sweetheart Alex Morgan and the Portland Thorns beat Northwest rival Seattle Reign 2-1 in the city’s NWSL home debut Sunday night. And the whole city seemed to show up.

True, the season (and league, itself) are just a few weeks old. But the fans in Portland proved that the Timbers aren’t the only soccer show in town.

As Kareen Drot writes:

How to sum up an action-packed 90 minute game? Easy, Alex Morgan got angry, transformed into the Hulk and smashed her way through defenders, Christine Sinclair assisted by turning on her turbo-boosters and Nikki Washington evolved into Robocop disallowing any opponent to touch the ball.

The Thorns were backed by a raucous, record-setting crowd of 16,479 — the largest crowd yet for any National Women’s Soccer League match.

PHOTO: Portland Thorns forward Alex Morgan (13) controls the ball at JELD-WEN Field on April 21, 2013. (Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Thorns FC)

Jake Donahue

Jake Donahue

He's no Ron Burgundy, but Jake Donahue does have a pretty deep journalism background in the world of sports writing and editing. He owns the Donahue Media Group, a local web design and project management company, as well as a real estate marketing business: Portland Picture. When he's not coaching Little League he's likely playing Madden or flying his drone.

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