Former Terp Seitz Makes Biggest Save
Oct. 24, 2012
DALLAS, Texas - Former Maryland and current FC Dallas keeper Chris Seitz recently recorded his greatest save. Seitz interrupted his MLS season to donate bone marrow to help save an anonymous leukemia patient.
Seitz was in his second year with Real Salt Lake, where he was drafted fourth overall in 2007 out of Maryland, when he watched the wife of teammate Andy Williams struggle with a battle with leukemia. Marcia Williams was the reason Seitz agreed to have one of his cheeks swabbed to join the registry.
An email Seitz received four years later would change his life forever and force him to make an unfathomable decision. It explained Seitz's name had appeared in the center's database as a potential match for a dying patient. It asked him to contact them as soon as possible if he wanted to help.
To read the entire emotional ESPN.com story, click HERE. Seitz also recorded a video diary which can be viewed by clicking the link above.
"I had no idea beforehand but it's completely in Chris's character to do something so phenomenal and selfless," Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "He has a heart of gold and is one of the most compassionate young men I've ever met. I couldn't be more proud."
Seitz, a native of San Luis Obispo, Calif., became the first freshman keeper to lead a team to the national title since 1990 when he helped guide the Terps to the championship as a rookie in 2005. He was the 2006 ACC Defender of the Year before leaving College Park early to enter the professional ranks.