WATCH: Red Bulls sign five-year-old with rare genetic disorder


Irelyn Maloney is a young girl who loves soccer and the New York Red Bulls. So when the team heard about Irelyn’s story, they signed her to a contract.

From the New York Red Bulls’ official website:

“Irelyn was born with Familial Mediterranean fever, or FMF, a rare genetic disease that causes recurrent fevers and inflammation in the abdomen, chest and joints. The disease has damaged her spinal cord, which prevents her from playing sports. She also has an autoimmune disease, which puts her at an elevated risk to contract other illnesses.”

Irelyn and her family were given a tour of the facilities and met all the players before heading to the locker room, where she had a full kit waiting with her name on it.

She watched the first team practice before taking the pitch with her favorite players. Check out the video below of Irelyn scoring her first goal as an official member of the New York Red Bulls.


As the regular season winds down and with playoff pressure mounting, it’s good to see a club still taking time to honor their fans and take time out of their training schedule to help brighten a young girl’s day.

The Red Bulls close out their season this Sunday against Sporting KC before heading into the Eastern Conference playoffs. You can bet Irelyn will be cheering them on every step of the way.