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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Timbers players let fans touch the MLS Cup during Tuesday's downtown victory parade.Portland Timbers fans lined downtown's soggy streets Tuesday afternoon to cheer on the MLS champions.


The noon parade crawled along Southwest Broadway as an estimated 20,000 people got a closeup view of the soccer team and the MLS Cup as they passed on open floats.

The parade came two days after the Timbers defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 in MLS Cup action in Ohio. The team's return to Portland Monday afternoon was greeted by several hundred people who jammed skywalks and sidewalks at Portland International Airport to greet the MLS champions.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Soggy Timbers fans cheered as the MLS champions rode through downtown streets during a Tuesday, Dec. 8, victory parade.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Timbers players cheered large parade crowds from their open float during a wet and windy victory parade Tuesday, Dec. 8.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Hundreds of people cheered at PDX Monday afternoon as the Timbers prepared to board the team bus.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - People lined up at PDX Monday afternoon to greet the returning Timbers.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Timbers players carried the MLS Cup outside the PDX terminal Monday afternoon after the team arrived from Columbus, Ohio.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Timbers coach Caleb Porter carried the MLS Cup with his children toward the waiting crowd of fans.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Timbers players hoisted the MLS Cup during an impromptu rally at Portland International Airport Monday afternoon, Dec. 7.

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