It's certainly not the most gruesome foul you'll see, but nonetheless it earned New England Revolution rookie Kelyn Rowe a one-game suspension and undisclosed fine.
On Sunday, during the Revs' 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls, Rowe streaked to the net chasing a through ball from Shalrie Joseph in the 86th minute.
Red Bulls keeper Ryan Meara left the net to get to the ball first -- and did just before Rowe.
Rowe didn't slide into Meara. He didn't step on him. If anything, he did a pretty good job of avoiding him all together, with momentum keeping it from a complete avoidance.
As the video shows, it appears the heel of Rowe grazed Meara's shoulder on its way back up, while his shin pad may have hit Meara's head (angle makes it a bit unclear).
Of course, Meara stayed down to sell the foul, followed by Rowe grimacing in pain on the ground a few yards away.
Amazingly, both players were fine . . .
A yellow card (warning) at the time would seem appropriate, but a one-game suspension and fine? Calling it a "reckless challenge"? That's a bit harsh, and makes you wonder about the slippery slope Major League Soccer may find itself on if plays like this warrant suspensions.
The Revs (6-7-4, 22 points) will play Toronto FC (2-11-4, 10 points) on Saturday in Foxboro without Rowe.
HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.
Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.
Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.
Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.
Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.
FOXBORO -- Diego Fagundez scored two goals in 10 minutes and the New England Revolution rallied from an early deficit to beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Sunday.
Fagundez has scored all three of his goals this season in the last two games. The Revolution (3-4-4) have back-to-back wins, for the first time this season, after a five-match winless streak.
A 22-year-old homegrown, Fagundez ran onto a free ball on the left flank, sped up and pushed home the finish into the far corner in the 34th minute to cap the scoring.
Just outside the box, Ola Kamara side-netted a running half-volley - off a perfectly placed pass by Wil Trapp from well-beyond midfield - to give Columbus (6-5-1) a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. After a turnover by the Crew in their own territory, Fagundez tied it moments later. Kelyn Rowe won the ball, tapped it to Lee Nguyen, who hit a streaking Kei Kamara for a one-timer that set up a tap-in half-volley.
Cody Cropper had his second consecutive shutout, including four saves, for New England.
Andrew Farrell was sent off for a stud-up challenge on Waylon Francis in the third minute of injury time.