Philadelphia Union defender Ray Gaddis will hold his second Faith Night of the 2018 season following the team's NYCFC matchup on Saturday, August 18. Fans interested in attending Gaddis' Faith Night can head over to Section 107 at the conclusion of the match.
The veteran has always been proud of his faith and has constantly put it on display both on and off the pitch.
For Gaddis, his dream of becoming a professional soccer played started at a young age, with his faith helping that dream.
“When I was a little kid, I told my parents, and my Dad has a recording of me saying, I’m going to be a professional soccer player. My faith has played a big role in that.” Gaddis said.
The faith Gaddis has is a trait that is exemplified on the pitch for Philadelphia. He never seems to have moments rattle him, and his faith is a big reason for that.
“It’s always impacted my game to stay grounded. You can never get too high or get too low on yourself; you have to stay even-keeled,” Gaddis said. “It’s also helped with the experience of living out my dream.”
Before every match, you’ll find Gaddis reading scripture, particularly at Talen Energy Stadium. Before he puts on his coveted number 28 jersey, the seven-year pro sits at his locker and bows his head. For Gaddis, he points to his favorite verse that provides guidance for him.
“My favorite verse is Romans 8:31, it says If God is for us, who shall be against us? I relate that in a sense of no matter the obstacle, opposition or roadblock that you have in life, you know that God is for you,” Gaddis said. “It’s just a matter of time before you complete the divine purpose that God has for your life.”
The veteran leadership shows week in and week out for Gaddis. As he helps guide a young team throughout the rest of the MLS season, Gaddis’ faith continues to guide him not just on the pitch as a footballer, but off the pitch as a man.