Portland Timbers make 5-year-old’s dream come true

Derrick Tellez, 5, is battling a cancerous tumor

Derrick Tellez, 5, is currently battling a cancerous brain tumor. He'll have his wish to play for the Timbers come true this weekend (KOIN).
Derrick Tellez, 5, is currently battling a cancerous brain tumor. He'll have his wish to play for the Timbers come true this weekend (KOIN).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Timbers, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, acquired a new goalkeeper Wednesday, signing 5-year-old Derrick Tellez to a one-game contract.

Derrick sitting on the sidelines with some of his new team members, Sept. 22, 2017. (KOIN)

For Derrick, a North Portland resident who’s currently battling a cancerous brain tumor, playing for the Timbers is a dream come true. The club is excited to have Derrick on board, as well.

“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 Gavin Wilkinson, Portland’s general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers.

Derrick joined the team Friday morning and is scheduled to have an exclusive training experience.  Before the training starts, Derrick will be included in the team’s official photos. Then, he’ll be greeted with a customized locker and personalized jersey for him and his 7-year old brother, Josue. Both Derrick and Josue will take part in team drills.

Derrick Tellez signed his one-game contract with the Timbers Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (KOIN)

On Sunday, before the Timbers’ home game against Orlando City, Derrick and his family will arrive in a limousine before Derrick and Josue hit the field for pregame ceremonies. They’ll sit on the bench for warm-ups and walk out with players for the National Anthem.

Portland head coach Caleb Porter is excited to have Derrick a part of the team.

“Derrick is an extremely talented young goalkeeper, and we’re excited to have him signed for this weekend’s game against Orlando City,” said Porter. “We are pleased to have him join our club and look forward to his contributions.”