The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that helps children with serious medical conditions achieve their dreams and the Seattle Sounders played a huge role in their task of making it a dream come true for the 18 year old Xander Bailey who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.
The wish of Xander Bailey was to become a professional soccer player and he lived this experience for a day when he was officially signed by the Seattle Sounders and later even went on playing for a few moments during the club’s match against Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly encounter.
Xander Bailey even took a shot at goal as he received a pass from Clint Dempsey and the young player launched an effort that was secured by the former U.S national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
“That’s something I’ll definitely never forget. That was crazy. I never expected they’d be chanting my name.” Bailey told SoundersFC.com
When the 18 year old player left the pitch, he received a standing ovation from the 55,349 fans that were in the stadium with cheers and applauds towards Bailey who lived his wish for a day as he got the chance to live the experience not only inside the pitch but even before it, Bailey was seen in the locker room of the club as he was changing into the kit of Seattle Sounders along with all of his teammates and even when the friendly match against against Tottenham Hotspur was over, he went on signing the jerseys of fans around the stadium.
The match was a part of the pre-season schedule between both clubs, Tottenham and Seattle Sounders as each team is preparing themselves for the upcoming campaign which is edging nearer and nearer. The friendly encounter concluded in a 3-3 draw as plenty of goals were scored but neither side could claim the victory.