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.
The New England Revolution have acquired defender Benjamin Angoua on loan from EA Guingamp for the 2017 MLS season with the option to transfer permanently following the season. Angoua will be added to the Revolution roster upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.
“With Benjamin’s experience, adding him to the Revolution was an important step for our club this offseason,” Revolution GM Michael Burns said. “We began this offseason with the goal of bringing in veteran players who are ready to contribute right away, so we are very pleased to have Benjamin with us as we head to preseason training in Arizona.”
Angoua, 30, has made a combined 309 appearances across all competitions in France, Hungary, and the Ivory Coast, recording five goals and two assists from the backline. He joins the Revolution after more than two seasons with EA Guingamp (2014-17) and previously played for FC Valenciennes (2010-14), both in France’s top-flight Ligue 1. An experienced defender, Angoua has registered 152 appearances, including 138 starts, in Ligue 1 competition since 2010.
The 6-foot, 160-pound Ivorian international also played with Budapest Honvéd (2006-10) in Hungary’s OTP Bank Liga, and Africa Sports (2004-06) in the Ivory Coast Ligue 1. Angoua has additional experience competing in the UEFA Europa League with both Guingamp and Budapest Honvéd.
At the international level, the Anyama native has recorded 17 caps and registered one goal for the Ivory Coast national team.