PORTLAND, Ore. – When the Portland Timbers take the field against Orlando City SC on Sunday, they’ll be joined by their newest goalkeeper, and granting the wish of a 5-year-old boy battling cancer.
The team announced the signing of Derrick Tellez to a one-game contract. Make-A-Wish Oregon helped grant the Portland boy’s wish to be a Timbers first-team player.
Derrick is fighting a cancerous brain tumor.
On Friday, Derrick will join the Timbers for his first training session with the team. He’ll tour the training center and meet players and coaches with his family. Then he’ll practice with the other Timbers goalkeepers.
"Derrick is an extremely talented young goalkeeper, and we’re excited to have him signed for this weekend’s game against Orlando City,” said Timbers coach Caleb Porter. “We are pleased to have him join our club and look forward to his contributions."
The team announced Derrick will join them for their official team photos. He will have his own personalized locker, and he and his brother Josue will get their own jerseys.
On Sunday, Sept. 24, Derrick and his family will arrive at the game in a limousine. Derrick and Josue will be on the field for warmups, pregame ceremonies and the national anthem. After the game, Derrick will head back onto the field for the log ceremony in front of the Timbers Army. He’ll then join the team in the locker room for coach Porter’s postgame speech.
“We are thrilled to welcome Derrick to the club and help make his wish to sign with the Portland Timbers a reality for him and his family,” said Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson.