Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic has pledged to make a donation to help the people of Puerto Rico after learning that a seven-year-old fan, Alex Idarra, had decided to raffle off a jersey signed by his USMNT idol to help the US territory recover after Hurricane Maria.
One good turn deserves another. After hearing about young Alex's incredibly touching gesture, Pulisic responded with one of his own. As well as promising to make a financial donation to the disaster-hit island, the 19-year-old said he would also be sending Alex another signed jersey, from the USMNT's recent 4-0 victory over Panama in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
"I just want to say, I think it's really amazing what you're doing, giving up something that means a lot to you," Pulisic said in a message to Alex on ussoccer.com. "Thank you very much for what you're doing, I hope it's going to help the people of Puerto Rico."
Puerto Rico and its 3.4 million inhabitants have been terribly affected by the damage from Hurricane Maria, with over half of the population unable to access drinking water and the island suffering from an alarming shortage of basic necessities.
Alex helped to raise over $3,000 for the Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund after raffling off his jersey, which Pulisic signed before a 6-0 win over Honduras in March.
We will be raffling off a special item at our Oct. 6th viewing party donated by our Jr. capo, Alex. All proceeds benefit Puerto Rico relief! pic.twitter.com/Wedb1lhGJ5— AO Oakland (@AOOakland) September 27, 2017
Despite inspiring the USMNT to victory over Panama on Friday with a goal and an assist, and again scoring against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder will not be playing at the 2018 World Cup, after the USA's 2-1 defeat in their crucial final qualifier.