Young fan catches the eye of soccer star Alex Morgan: 'Cuteness overload!'

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Soccer star Alex Morgan is no stranger to enthusiastic fans but one pint-sized supporter ended up getting a very special shout-out after cheering her on from the stands.

Two-year-old Luca had the opportunity to watch the forward play recently in Monterrey, Mexico.

Morgan, a member of the U.S. women's national team who plays for the San Diego Wave, has been in Mexico for the CONCACAF W Championship, and Luca and his family went to see the Americans take on Haiti on July 4.

Luca might as well be Morgan's biggest fan, and he has his siblings to thank for it. He has three older sisters, 7-year-old Eliana, 4-year-old Rosana and 6-year-old Anabella, the last of whom is a huge fan of the soccer star herself.

"Anabella loves Alex Morgan because of how hard she plays and how good she is scoring goals. She also loves her pink headbands. She has a jersey of Alex Morgan at home. So Luca has heard a lot about Alex Morgan his whole life, and naturally began to like her as well," Luca's mom Ana Camelo Jackson told "Good Morning America" in an email.

PHOTO: Luca, his older sisters, and his parents love to catch soccer games in Austin and support the U.S. women's national team whenever they can. (Courtesy Ana Jackson)
PHOTO: Luca, his older sisters, and his parents love to catch soccer games in Austin and support the U.S. women's national team whenever they can. (Courtesy Ana Jackson)

Jackson shared a video clip on social media the day after the game, which featured Luca, wearing a shirt with a sign on it that said "Believe" -- a reference to the AppleTV+ series "Ted Lasso" -- cheering and clapping for Morgan at the top of his lungs from the stadium stands.

"I think when he was screaming her name at [that] game, he increased his intensity because she wasn't turning around," Jackson said. "He really thought she could hear him and that she should respond. So naive and cute."

Morgan scored two goals during the first half of the USA-Haiti match, helping to lead the U.S. to a 3-0 victory.

In all the excitement, the star player still found time to give a shout-out to Luca for pumping the team up.

"Is this not the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen? The shirt! The cheer! Cuteness overload," she said in a TikTok response, sharing Jackson's video.

"His name's Luca. Luca, you'd be besties with Charlie, and tomorrow you have something coming your way so be on the lookout," she added, referencing her own 2-year-old daughter, Charlie Elena.

"Luca just gained a fan🥰," Morgan captioned the post.

PHOTO: Two-year-old Luca has become one of soccer star Alex Morgan's biggest fans. (Courtesy Ana Jackson)
PHOTO: Two-year-old Luca has become one of soccer star Alex Morgan's biggest fans. (Courtesy Ana Jackson)

Jackson later shared the TikTok to her Twitter account, writing, "From mom to mom thank you @alexmorgan13!!"

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Morgan quoted Jackson's tweet, writing above it, "You're so welcome! I think I can speak for everyone when I say Luca made my day🙌."

Sure enough, as Morgan promised, Luca received a very special present not long after. The USWNT Twitter account shared a video clip Thursday of the boy getting surprised with a new no. 13 jersey -- Morgan's number -- signed by the star herself.

PHOTO: After noticing Luca's cheering, soccer star Alex Morgan couldn't resist surprising him with a special gift - a signed jersey! (Courtesy Ana Jackson)
PHOTO: After noticing Luca's cheering, soccer star Alex Morgan couldn't resist surprising him with a special gift - a signed jersey! (Courtesy Ana Jackson)

In the video, Luca thanked Morgan for his gift and blew a couple of kisses, too.

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In a follow-up Instagram post Thursday, Jackson opened up about her little boy and said it was "surreal" to see her toddler, who had been born with three congenital heart defects and at one point could "barely catch a breath," cheer for his favorite player.

"He is so full of joy and life and I can't believe the amount of people who messaged me saying Luca made their day. It made me tear up to know how many hearts he touched and that in the middle of so many devastating news he was able to bring some light," Jackson wrote in part.

Speaking with "GMA," she added that Luca "was born with multiple congenital heart defects, and had to undergo open-heart surgery at two weeks of life."

"We think part of him knows that he almost didn’t make it, which is why he has such a passion for life and an amazing spirit," she said. "He makes everyone smile, as this viral experience has shown!"

Luca was eventually able to meet the star player following the team's game against Jamaica on July 7.

"After the game, Alex came over to our section and Luca held his arms out to her," Jackson told "GMA." "She took him in her arms on the field and posed for pictures."

Morgan even walked away with her own special gift: a big hug from Luca himself.

The USWNT has already won the first two of their match-ups at the CONCACAF W Championship against Haiti and Jamaica, and is in prime position to win the title entirely.

On Thursday, the team qualified for a spot in the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.

Young fan catches the eye of soccer star Alex Morgan: 'Cuteness overload!' originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com