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THEY'RE BACK! MLS WEST CHAMPS TIMBERS TOUCH DOWN IN PORTLAND

Now it's 'Hello, Columbus'


Nat Borchers' son, Lincoln, looks out the window as he awaits his father/Portland Timbers defender's arrival near Portland International Airport on Monday.The Portland Timbers, fresh off a playoff victory in Frisco, Texas, returned to Soccer City USA at about noon Monday, Nov. 30.

Now it's time to prepare for Sunday's MLS championship game.

The Timbers will play the Columbus Crew at Columbus, Ohio, at 1 p.m. PT Sunday, Dec. 6, for the league title.

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Portland Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell walks off the runway holding the MLS Western Conference championship trophy.

Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe is greeted by his daughter, Mila, and his wife, Felicia.

Timbers defender Nat Borchers is greeted by his wife, Crystal, and son, Lincoln.

Fans cheer as the team arrives at about noon Monday, after playing FC Dallas to a 2-2 draw on Sunday in Frisco, Texas, to win the MLS Western Conference series 5-3 on aggregate goals.

Fans give the Portland Timbers a warm welcome.

The Timbers' 'media-only' return turned into a party including numerous well-wishers.

MLS veteran Jack Jewsbury stands with the Western Conference trophy.

Timbers coach Caleb Porter answers questions from the media.

A sign held by fans indicates where the Portland Timbers are headed next.

Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri talks to media as he holds his daughter,  Costanza.

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