The Portland Timbers teamed up with the “Make A Wish” foundation to grant an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with cancer his wish.
Atticus Lane-Dupre, diagnosed with cancer last fall wanted his club, The Green Machine, to scrimmage against the professional soccer team.
On Wednesday, the lil boy received his wish, and his club played against the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field, and beat the professional team 10-9. Over 3,000 fans watched and cheered the young boy’s team on as Atticus scored four goals.
Portland coach Caleb Porter coached the Green Machine, and ensured that they were victorious over the Timbers side, which included Jack Jewsbury, Ryan Kawulok, Will Johnson, Futty Danso, Darlington Nagbe, Sebastian Rincon, Jake Gleeson, and Mikael Silvestre. Atticus was honored with the traditional wood-slab for his Man of the Match performance and goals.
Timbers captain Will Johnson even asked the young boy to trade jerseys with him.
“I’ve actually never asked anyone to trade jerseys, so that was probably the first and only time in my career I’ll ask for somebody’s jersey,” Johnson said after the match. “I’m quite proud to own his jersey.”
Atticus was thinking of others when he chose his “Make A Wish.”
“Usually kids just choose to go to Disneyland with their family or getting something,” Atticus explained. “I chose something that lots of people could do.”