An estimated 3,000 fans turned out at Jeld-Wen Field today to watch the Portland Timbers take on the Green Machine, an eight-year-old's soccer club scheduled to take on the MLS side by the Make-A-Wish foundation. Yes, the cancer patient scored the winning goal.
Atticus Lane-Dupre took the pitch against his favorite club, with MLS stars Darlington Nagbe, Jack Jewsbury, Will Johnson, and Mikael Silvestre getting the start against the grade schoolers. It was a competitive match, with the final goal being scored by Atticus himself to provide a 10-9 result. (He'd earn expected Man Of The Match honors, as well.)
More impressive, probably, is the crowd that showed up to make his wish come true. Seriously, check this out:
Kudos to Timbers Army and everybody involved for making this happen. We have nothing snarky to say about 3,000+ people getting together for a kid with cancer.
Thanks to Jason Wells for the photo.