VANCOUVER, Wash.-- A lucky Vancouver girl will be walking out onto the pitch with Team USA before Sunday’s FIFA World Cup match against Portugal.
Mallory Stonier, 9, was selected as part of a McDonald’s Player Escort program that works with 1,400 kids around the world and connects them with professional teams, according to Michelle Safo of Davis Elen Advertising.
Local McDonald’s franchise owners Val and Matt Hadwin gave Mallory the news at their restaurant at 405 Southeast 131st Avenue.
Mallory was one of 26 little soccer fans from across the country chosen to receive a free trip (with a parent or guardian) to Brazil and a chance to escort U.S. players onto the field at the World Cup, Safo said.
Mallory’s trip to Brazil and back is being tracked on a special Facebook page.