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New star in Soccer City: Amandine Henry

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Nearly 17,000 supporters packed Providence Park on Wednesday night to watch the home debut of Amandine Henry with the Portland Thorns. 

The Silver Ball winner from last summer's World Cup was honored as the second best player in the entire tournament. But no matter the country, futbol is futbol, and Henry brings along championship pedigree as the newest star in Soccer City. 

"The first game in the stadium, it was amazing, we win, which is very important," she said. "The atmosphere is fantastic."

Henry's first home game brought an assist, a scarf and a victory rose.

"She's in the top of her game, she's in her peak. She's only 26 and she's got so much more to come," said Thorns head coach Mark Parsons. "When you listen to her talk, she has such a fantastic growth mindset. She wants to come here because she thinks it's going to challenge her like she hasn't been challenged before."

Henry's biggest obstacle? The language.

"It's very important for me for integration on the team," she said. 

The line of communication is aided by fellow Thorns like Lindsey Horan, who have played in her homeland of France. 

"I can actually understand everything she is saying, so I am really happy about that. I learned something," said Horan. 

Henry’s value isn't just measured in Portland but she adds to the legitimacy of the 4-year-old National Women's Soccer League. 

"We want to be the best league in the world and having the best players is exactly what we need and what we want," said teammate Allie Long. 

Teammate Tobin Heath added, "She is super sophisticated. She has great experience, great feet, great soccer sense in general."

Soccer sense and shopping sense?

"I discover Nike store in Beaverton," said Henry. "It's amazing."

Some of Henry's teammates, including Heath, Long, Horan, Meghan Klingenberg and Emily Sonnett will soon be off on national team duty in the run up to Rio and the Olympic games. 

Henry and the rest of the first-place Thorns return home Saturday night with Sky Blue FC. 

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