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Saturday night's California Clasico at Stanford Stadium was a borderline insane game for 90 minutes, and will likely go down as one of the most memorable games of the 2013 Major League Soccer season. We will remember that night for the San Jose Earthquakes' epic second half comeback and Alan Gordon's game-winning goal in stoppage time.
On the other hand, Saturday was a night that one little boy and his mother will never forget, and it had nothing to do with the instant classic that took place on the field.
Saturday night was alwas going to be a special night out for Jackson Fyffe, 5. He was excited because he was going to get to score the first ceremonial goal before kickoff of the game between the Earthquakes and the LA Galaxy. But what Jackson really got was worth more than every soccer goal he'll ever score in his life.
Jackson's mother, Lt. Colonel Celene Fyfee, had been gone since December, deployed to Afghanistan. So imagine the surprise on Jackson's face and in his little heart when he was asked, "Who's that over there?," only to turn and see his mother, whom he hadn't seen in six months, there to surprise him with her return home.
Bravo to you, Earthquakes, for making this special night happen and for sharing it with everyone else.