The U.S. Women's World Cup team stepped off the bus in Newark N.J., just 24 hours after their loss in the finals of the World Cup, to cheers.
Then they had another bus ride to Manhattan where they came across a few hundred more fans who cheered some more.
But the friendly welcome home started at the airport, where fans met them and security guards posed for pictures with the World Cup finalists.
"Really humbling, and truthfully it's probably brought my spirits up more than anything else could have," Abby Wambach said. "I am so disappointed for my teammates, myself. I am so disappointed for our country because I really feel like we had it. It was so close.
"Coming home to this kind of reception is truly one of the best things that has ever happened."
However, the Women's team is still feeling the hurt of the loss.
Hope Solo said she was taking the loss pretty hard. Heather O'Reilly said she was feeling the sting of a loss the team will never forget.
"It's obviously been a big disappointment," Heather O'Reilly. "A lot of tears, a lot of laughter, telling stories of the last month together-one that we will never forget. This group is special. We will bounce back. We have shown our resilience this whole tournament. I think Americans know that we will bounce back."