Today was the day! Bryan Francisco Rodriguez
, age 5
, from Los Angeles,
, still couldn't believe he had been lucky enough to win the big soccer
sweepstakes. The grand prize had been tickets to watch his favorite team the Los
at the stadium. Bryan
was especially excited because as the big
winner he was going to get to sit on the bench with Landon Donovan
! Also, Bryan
could take Mom, Dad, and brother Bentley
to the game, too.
Once inside the stadium, Bryan, Mom, Dad, and brother Bentley
were rushed to the
Los Angeles Galaxy
, you're such a big fan of ours that we'd like to make you an honorary member of
the Los Angeles Galaxy
," the coach said. "Here's your very own uniform."
The coach then turned to the players. "Okay everybody, let's win this one for Bryan
The team all cheered and ran out to the field.
Bryan, Mom, Dad, and brother Bentley
hurried to their seats on the bench. They
didn't want to miss the opening kick off.
As they sat down, the referee tossed the coin. The Los Angeles Galaxy
won the coin
toss, and decided that they would kick off.
The ball was kicked into play. The players dribbled the ball down the field.
"Go team!" yelled Bryan
watched excitedly as the ball went up and down the field. His team kept making
runs at the goal but hadn't been able to score yet. The opposing team was the Houston
and they had already scored once.
heard a whistle. One of the Los Angeles Galaxy
had been fouled
by the other team and was lying on the ground clutching his leg.
With all the excitement on the field, no one noticed that the ball was zooming through
the air right towards Bryan
. What could he do? Thinking fast, Bryan
gave the ball a
mighty kick. Up, up in the air the ball went.
"That was quite a kick," the coach said to Bryan
. "We have an injured player and the
team needs a player to kick the free kick. Have you ever kicked a free kick before,
"Sure! I love playing soccer! I know I can score on the free kick for you," Bryan
could not believe his good luck. He was actually going to get a chance to help
the Los Angeles Galaxy
win the game!
walked up and said, "Glad you are going to try our free kick, Bryan.
We know you can score."
lined up in front of the goal to kick the ball.
The coach yelled, "I know you can do it, Bryan
looked at the soccerball lying on the field. With all his might, he kicked the ball
straight at the goal.
The goalie from the Houston Dynamo
jumped towards the ball as it flew through the
air. The soccerball sailed by the goalie's hands and into the net.
Now the score was tied, but Bryan
wanted the Los Angeles Galaxy
used all his soccer skills. He dribbled the ball down the field. He trapped the
ball with the top of his foot.
"Way to go Bryan
," yelled the coach from the sidelines.
kept looking for the shot but hadn't scored another goal. There was less than a
minute left in the game and Bryan
was getting tired, but he couldn't disappoint his team.
The ball came towards Bryan
but he was far from the goal. Suddenly, he saw an
"Do I really have the shot?" wondered Bryan
There was only one way to find out. Bryan
used all his strength and tried a long kick.
The crowd grew silent as the ball flashed through the air. The ball hit the edge of the goal
for just a second, then bounced into the net. Score!
had scored the winning goal! The Los Angeles Galaxy
had won the game!
The crowd started chanting, "Bryan, Bryan
!" The other players hoisted Bryan
their shoulders and marched him around the field.
"This has been the best day of my life," Bryan
said to Mom, Dad, and brother
As the coach handed Bryan
the Most Valuable Player trophy, he said, "Bryan
, you can
play on our team any day. You're a real soccer superstar!