New York Red Bulls Help Fulfill the Dreams of 5-Year-Old Girl with Rare Disease

MLS' New York Red Bulls made one of their classiest signings yet, and it helped fulfill the dreams of a five-year-old girl. 

Red Bulls brought on Irelyn Maloney on a one-day contract. Young Irelyn was born with Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), which is a rare genetic disease that has prevented her from competing in sports. 

Irelyn always wanted to become a footballer, so the Red Bulls helped her make good on that with a contract. She even scored in training! 

She donned the No. 31 shirt of her favourite footballer, Luis Robles, and got her own locker. 

"If she could play soccer every day, and every minute of every day, she would," he mother, Shannon, told the Red Bulls' official website. "She wears her cleats to school, she wears her cleats to the food store and to the doctor's. She just absolutely adores it." 

She added that Irelyn's had 40 hospital stays and ...

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