The Portland Timbers of the MLS showed off a winning attitude in helping 8-year-old cancer patient Atticus Lane-Dupre live out his Make-A-Wish dream. The Timbers, however, lost the game in the process.
That’s right, Portland’s professional soccer club lost, 10-9, to a bunch of tough-minded 8-year-olds.
Star players such as Darlington Nagbe, Will Johnson, Jack Jewsbury and Mikael Silvestre took to the Timbers’ home turf, JELD-WEN Field, to take on Atticus’ team, the Green Machine. The game was played on one side of the field, and to make things even better, more than 3,000 members of the squad’s fan base showed up to create an atmosphere a kid can generally only dream of.
For a child like Atticus, who learned he was suffering from cancer last fall, the day was truly a dream come true. In fact, he was named “Man of the Match” after scoring four goals against his favorite squad.
But if you thought for one second that the Timbers were taking it easy on Atticus and his buddies, think again. They expressed their reservations over taking on such a big time crew on the club’s official website:
“As a kid you dream of these moments,” said Nagbe. “It’s always a good feeling when someone’s dreams come true, and I’m excited to be a part of Atticus’ big game with The Green Machine.”
Silvestre echoed Nagbe’s sentiments.
“Everybody should have a dream,” he said, “And the fact that Atticus is able to realize his means a lot to me.”
The Timbers, however, are not taking The Green Machine lightly. The team knows they are in for a tough match.
“[I’m] wearing multiple pairs of shin guards,” said Jewsbury, “I have heard The Green Machine tackle extremely hard.”
After the match, Atticus proved exactly how awesome of a kid he is when the team asked him a few questions as to why he chose the game for his Make-A-Wish:
On why he chose to play the Timbers for his wish, and be able to include his teammates:
“Because usually kids just choose to go to Disneyland with their family or getting something and I chose something that lots of people could do.”
On which of his four goals was his favorite:
“The one where I nutmegged Will Johnson.”
Will Johnson is, of course, his favorite player.
For Atticus, it was a chance to take his mind off of his everyday struggles, as well as remind him of the beautiful life that he continues to fight for.
For that, we can only say, thank you Portland.
[H/T Yahoo! Sports]