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NYCFC Celebrates 1st MLS Cup Victory On Steps Of City Hall – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a celebration of champions on Tuesday at City Hall.

New York City FC received the keys to the city after capturing the MLS Cup last weekend with a stirring shootout victory over the Portland Timbers in Oregon.

READ MORE: NYCFC To Celebrate MLS Cup Victory On Steps Of City Hall

WATCH: NYCFC’s Championship Celebration on CBSN New York.

The championship is NYCFC’s first in seven years of existence and marked the Big Apple’s first major sports championship since the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI following the 2011 season.

Chopper 2 was over City Hall Park as fans gathered for the special ceremony.

As CBS2’s Christina Fan reported, the energy was unreal. NYCFC’s sky blue colors were on display everywhere.

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The crowd wasn’t just elated due to NYCFC’s first championship win. Fans had been on a high since Saturday night. Video shows many of them at the Manhattan Center watching the MLS Cup and cheering on their team. The match, of course, was tied 1-1 through 90 minutes of regular times and 30 minutes of extra time before NYCFC outscored Portland 4-2 in penalty kicks, capped by defender Alex Callens’ blast to clinch the victory.

Fans then immediately took to the streets of Portland and New York City to celebrate.

“We’re a bunch of loud New Yorkers and we were definitely a bunch of loud New Yorkers over there on Saturday. It was crazy,” said Felix Palao of the Bronx.

“I can’t put it into words. It’s the greatest feeling in the world being out in the greatest city in the world. It truly is something special, man,” added Ethan Balletta of East Harlem.

The diehards were out in full force Tuesday, with some parents pulling their kids from school for the celebration. One college student, who asked not to be named, told Fan he was cutting class. Another supporter even came hobbling over in his leg brace.

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