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Dublin: 7°C Thursday 22 October 2020

MLS club make the wish of 8-year-old cancer patient in front of 3,000 fans

Atticus Lane-Dupre scored the winning goal in the specially-arranged game. This is great.

Atticus Lane-Dupre during the match. Credit: Facebook/Portland Timbers

THE PORTLAND TIMBERS made a young boy’s dream on Wednesday when they took on his team at their home ground.

Eight-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, led his side The Green Machine out to play the MLS outfit, including former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre, at the JELD-WEN field after Make-A-Wish Oregan had arranged the exhibition game.

With the 3,000 fans present in full song, Atticus scored the decisive goal in a 10-9 win for the youngsters before being awarded a traditional log slice for his goals and a man-of-the-match performance.

A huge football fan, he even got to swap shirts with Timbers captain Will Johnson.

The two teams. Credit: Don Ryan/AP/Press Association Images

3,000 fans showed up to JELD-WEN Field. Credit: Don Ryan/AP/Press Association Images

Atticus is mobbed by this team-mates. Credit: Don Ryan/AP/Press Association Images

Watch highlights of the incredible day below:

YouTube credit: TimbersFC

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