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Bedoya pays tribute to young fan who recently lost battle with cancer

“That goal was for her”

MLS: Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

SAN JOSE, CA — Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya has had a thing for big goals and celebrations that fit the magnitude of them this season. Wednesday night’s 70th minute equalizer in San Jose was no different.

After leveling the score for the Union, Bedoya ran toward the sideline at Avaya Stadium, tore off his armband and held it up toward the sky.

“I had an LM on the captain’s armband for Lucy,” Bedoya said after the game. “A beautiful young girl, a three-year old who passed away. That was just my tribute to her.”

Lucy McCabe was a member of the Fearless 43, an initiative the Union launched with local nonprofit Kisses for Kyle to bring together Delaware Valley children and their families fighting childhood cancer to raise awareness during Kick Childhood Cancer month.

The young fans had a chance to interact with players and inspire customized cleats that Bedoya risked getting a fine to wear during the LAFC game. Bedoya’s cleats included a star that Lucy designed with six-year-old sister Molly.

“I just remember the day I was holding her on my lap at the stadium taking pictures with her and seeing her smile,” Bedoya said Wednesday night. “That goal was for her.”