More than 3,000 supporters came out to cheer on the team of an 8-year-old who was diagnosed with cancer last fall.More than 3,000 Portland Timbers fans came out to JELD-WEN Field on Wednesday afternoon to root against their beloved club.
That's right, against.
This wasn't a mass protest, however. The Timbers fans had come out in support of the Green Machine, a youth soccer team that counts 8-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre among its players.
Last autumn, Atticus was diagnosed with cancer and missed the last game of his team's season. Make-A-Wish Oregon and the Timbers cooperated to give Lane-Dupre and his teammates a scrimmage against the MLS side.
"Usually kids just choose to go to Disneyland with their family or getting something," Lane-Dupre said as he explained the decsion to include his teammates in his wish, according to the Timbers' official website. "I chose something that lots of people could do."
Lane-Dupre, along with his family, was given a grand welcome and a tour of the stadium by the Timbers, and his team was coached by Portland head coach Caleb Porter. They faced a side including pros Jack Jewsbury, Darlington Nagbe, Mikael Silvestre, Futty Danso, Jake Gleeson, Ryan Kawulok, Sebastián Rincón and team captain Will Johnson, who swapped shirts with Atticus after the match.
The match ended 10-9 in favor of the Green Machine, with Lane-Dupre scoring four goals, including a last-minute game winner. Lane-Dupre received the traditional log cutting as man of the match.