The International Champions Cup stops in Minneapolis Wednesday with Chelsea FC and AC Milan facing off in the first sporting event at U.S. Bank Stadium.
If you are new to soccer and wondering what team to cheer for, it is hard not become a fan of Chelsea FC and its captain John Terry after watching the tournament’s most recent promotional video.
The short feature tells the story of Dawson Riverman who was born without fingers on his left hand and the challenges he faces as an athlete. He said “Soccer is the one sport I feel kind of like everyone else and no one is putting me down.”
However, Riverman began doubting himself as a goalie and that’s when Terry stepped in to help inspire the young man. Chelsea flew Riverman and his family to Pasadena, Calif., for the Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC International Champions Cup match at the Rose Bowl last week.
Riverman had the opportunity to meet Terry and other Chelsea players after the game.
“You have to keep going and fighting for your place and keep working hard. That’s all we can do, ay?” Terry said to Riverman as the two parted ways with a hug. “Keep fighting. Keep working, huh? Promise?”
Riverman said “There have been a lot of struggles through my journey, but him helping me gave me confidence no matter how different you are from the other people, you can do the things you love and accomplish your dreams.”
Be sure to watch the video for the complete story and to get a glimpse at what the scene will be like tonight at U.S. Bank Stadium. If you don't have a ticket for the game, you can watch it live on ESPN2 at 8:35 p.m.