Xander Bailey Lives Out Dream Thanks to Make-A-Wish and Sounders FC [VIDEO]
The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Seattle Sounders FCcame together to create a dream come true for one 18 year old fighting Cystic FibrosisXander Bailey has spent the last 10 years playing soccer, hoping to one day play professionally. While the possibility of that happening while living with cystic fibrosis is almost impossible, the Make-A-Wish Foundation found a way to make it come true.
The Seattle Sounders FC were quick to help out once they found out they were Xander's favorite professional club. On Thursday, 7/18, the Sounders signed Bailey to a professional contract to play for the club, complete with press releases and press availability.
Bailey trained with the club on the 19th, the day before they were to face English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. After training, Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid revealed that, not only would Xander play against the Hotspur, but he would be in the starting lineup.
55,000+ fans packed CenturyLink Field to cheer on the Sounders and Xander. Once the opening whistle blew, he was given a run on goal and took a shot, which was saved by American goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
Bailey was immediately subbed off, and 55k fans stood and cheered him off the field. Speaking to Soundersfc.com
“That’s something I’ll definitely never forget. That was crazy. I never expected they’d be chanting my name.”
As the saying goes with my favorite club "Once a Sounder, Always a Sounder."
Congrats Xander! It makes me estatic to see my club step up and make your dream come true!