Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday announced that, in partnership with Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington, goalkeeper Bheem Goyal (pronounced “BEAM GOY-el”) has been signed to a contract and VIP team experience. Bheem, a bright and active eight-year-old battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, will join the First Team ahead of next Wednesday’s international friendly vs. Borussia Dortmund at CenturyLink Field (7:30 p.m. PT; JOEtv, YouTube TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM | TICKETS).
A passionate Sounders fan, Bheem calls the club's 2016 MLS Cup Championship the greatest moment in his life and uses the team as subjects for school assignments whenever possible. Last year, he received a special video message from goalkeeper Stefan Frei to lift his spirits during treatment, growing his connection to the Rave Green.
Day 1 as a Seattle Sounder ✅💚 pic.twitter.com/gTRPGcPLGA— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) July 10, 2019
On Wednesday, Bheem arrived for his first training and was introduced to the team. He is taking part in the day's training session as a goalkeeper tutored by his hero, Frei, and Club Director of Goalkeeping Tom Dutra.
TRANSACTION: Sounders FC signs goalkeeper Bheem Goyal on July 10, 2019.
Name: Bheem Goyal
Born: May 31, 2011
Citizenship: United States