Seattle Sounders Start Eight-Year-Old Leukemia Patient In Goal For Borussia Dortmund Friendly
Eight-year-old football fan Bheem Goyal, who is a cancer patient, was given the chance to play in goal for Seattle Sounders as they took on Borussia Dortmund.
It's many child's dream to play for their club but not many get the chance. The 'Make A Wish' foundation did make sure one young boy fulfilled his dream though.
The cancer charity, which helps young patients fulfil their wishes, got in touch with MLS side Seattle Sounders and they 'signed' eight-year-old Bheem Goyal and gave him the chance to play in Thursday's friendly against Borussia Dortmund, with the youngster keeping a clean sheet in goal.
Great way to start your morning with this one. 8yo Bheem Goyal is fighting leukaemia and a footy fan so the Sounders "signed" him to a contract for their friendly against @BlackYellow Those aren't tears https://t.co/afLIboRcIS- Roger Petersen (@rogerfpetersen) July 18, 2019
The youngster was subbed off early after making a save from kick off and left the pitch to high five all of Seattle's staff and substitutes before taking a seat to see if regular Sounders' keeper Bryan Meredith could do as well.
Unfortunately for the 29-year-old his performance wasn't as good with the Bundesliga side winning 3-1 as Marius Wolf, Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho all scored.
As well as his starring role in the match Goyal also joined the team in training ahead of the match and Stefan Frei talked about training with the youngster, saying, "It was great to have him out and training with us to see what we're doing, get his mind off things.
"Sports always give you an outlet. They allow you to disappear in your own world and forget about your worries."
Sport and Make A Wish go hand in hand with sports entertainer John Cena holding the record for the most wishes granted at over 600.