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Published on Apr 3, 2014
The Tampa Bay Rowdies awarded a contract to a very special Rowdies fan this week, signing 12-year old midfielder Cole Eicher to his first professional contract. Eicher, a member of the St. Pete Raiders Youth Soccer Club, has been sidelined since February while undergoing a removal of a brain tumor and radiation treatments in his courageous battle against cancer.
The Rowdies General Manager Perry Van Der Beck, along with players Georgi Hristov and Shane Hill, surprised Eicher with his contract Tuesday night at Puryear Park. Surrounded by friends, teammates and family, Eicher signed the contract below an ear-to-ear smile, fulfilling his dream to be a professional soccer player.