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After serious illness, Tyler boy sees soccer dream come true

Just over a month ago, we told you the story of seven year old Nolan Goodwin. He was the Tyler boy who got Rocky Mountain spotted fever from a tick bite in early July.

While in a Dallas hospital fighting for his life, he had a special visit from professional soccer players who this weekend followed through on a promise. KLTV 7's Danielle Capper has the story of Nolan's soccer spectacular honor.


Nolan Goodwin loves showing off his soccer skills.

"I scored 9 goals in one game."

Soccer and a fight against Rocky Mountain spotted fever landed him center stage at a professional soccer game.

Just last week, FC Dallas made good on a promise from months before.

"I was in a coma," said Nolan.

At almost the worst point of his illness, the hospital staff contacted some of the players on FC Dallas, who came and visited Nolan.

"When I get better, come to the game...they promised that they would take me to one of their games. Michael Dello Russo called me, and I talked to him for a second. He said I was going on the field and meeting him."

So last Saturday, Nolan was the guest of honor at their game against the Columbus Crew.

"I had this pass thing, when we were going down the stairs and the guard said do you have a pass and we said yes," said Nolan. "When they went by the Columbus crew, we slapped hands."

Nolan was on the field during the national anthem, and met FC Dallas's Michael Dello Russo, who gave Nolan his game jersey after.

"Sweaty...you can't wash this it's professional sweat," laughed Nolan, "but we did."

Laughing, and playing, Nolan says this experience was simply incredible since he dreams of being a soccer star one day.

"It was really fun."

FD Dallas is a Major League Soccer team based in Frisco.

They used to be called the Dallas Burn, but changed names when they moved into Pizza Hut Park - an eighty million dollar facility - in 2005.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com  

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