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Clint Dempsey, Sounders help fan’s dream come true

8-year-old with inoperable cancer visits team during Whitecaps game.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Photos Mike Russell/Sounder at Heart

There was a special guest in attendance at Saturday’s match. Nathan Beatty, an 8-year-old with an inoperable form of brain cancer, got to fulfill one of his dreams when he got to meet Clint Dempsey and the rest of the Seattle Sounders.

His family was clearly moved by the outpouring of support shown by the Sounders organization, who first came into contact with Beatty during their recent road game against the Houston Dynamo. After apparently learning of Beatty’s story through Dempsey’s brother, the Sounders invited the Texas native to that game on Aug. 24.

Unfortunately, that also happened to be a road trip Dempsey missed with what was later revealed to be an irregular heartbeat. Although Beatty got to meet the Sounders — and Brad Evans apparently went particularly out of his way to spend time with the boy — it was Dempsey (his favorite player) who he really wanted to meet.

The Sounders were apparently determined to get Beatty in contact with Dempsey and helped make the trip to Seattle a reality, complete with a surprise visit from his favorite player.

While Beatty called the day the best of his life, the Sounders apparently drew their own inspiration from a little boy who refuses to let a “0 percent” chance of recovery stop him from enjoying whatever time he has.

“I thanked Clint and the players for bringing Nathan inside the locker room and making his life better for that day,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer recalled of his pregame message to his players. “Then I told them, ‘You should not be afraid of death, it’s inevitable, it will come for all of us – what you should be afraid of – is not doing great things when you are alive!’

“So the thought hopefully sparks the emotions of them trying to make an effort to be good people and good players dedicated to doing something special – winning MLS Cup!”