Xander Bailey had his Make-A-Wish dream come true in a big way on Saturday — and on his birthday, no less. The 19-year-old from West Virginia has been dealing with cystic fibrosis since he was a baby while also playing soccer for most of his life.
His dream? Meet his favorite soccer player, Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey.
His reality? Not only did Xander meet Dempsey, but he signed a contract with the Sounders, trained with the team and even spoke with the media. The Sounders pulled out all the stops.
— Ricardo López Ayala (@rickyfarue)July 19, 2014
But it didn’t stop there. As Seattle geared up for a pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur, Xander was named to their active roster and started against the English club.
00 - Lovely start as Xander Bailey kicks-off with Clint Dempsey, goes through and fires a shot at Brad Friedel.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial)July 19, 2014
Hey, Brad Friedel, maybe give the kid a break and let that one slip through?
Even the fans got involved, creating a banner for their club’s newest signing.
— Brad Evans (@brad_evans3)July 19, 2014
One of the Xander Bailey signs at the game. pic.twitter.com/WeLDBmNrWs— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite)July 19, 2014
What an unbelievable few days for Xander and his family. Bravo, Seattle. Bravo.