American-born Ghanaian defender Chris Odoi-Atsem grabbed his first goal for DC United to power them to victory against FC Cincinnati on Monday morning in the MLS.
Odoi-Atsem, 25, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2018 and had to stay away from football for the most part of 2019.
However, he returned later that year and has since made his way back into the DC United team.
Donovan Pines scored first for DC United in the 36th minute before Brandon Vazques drew Cincinnati in the second half.
Chris Odoi- Atsem who lasted the entire duration of the game, netted the winner after rebounding a shot that was spilled by the Cincinnati goalkeeper.
“People know my story and what I’ve been through, but I try not to dwell on it too much,” Odoi-Atsem said after the game. “I try to live in the present, and right now everything is great.”
“I’ll be able to dwell on it more a little bit later. That’s all I want to do is help the team. That’s all I ever wanted to do. When I was out, just to be healthy and help the team on the field and get a win, that’s everything to me,” he added.
The moment Chris Odoi-Atsem scored his first professional goal 🤩@Audi | #CINvDC pic.twitter.com/ni23psCi02
— D.C. United (@dcunited) October 19, 2020