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.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ola Kamara scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Columbus (7-11-11), which played in the 2015 MLS Cup, is ninth in the Eastern Conference, but only five points behind D.C. United for the final playoff spot. New England (9-13-9) is seventh, one point back.
In the 42nd minute, Kamara slid a shot through the legs of defender Darrius Barnes and it got past a diving Brad Knighton. Kamara added a penalty-kick goal in the 84th after he was nudged from behind by London Woodberry.
Kamara has scored five times in the last three games and leads all MLS newcomers for goals scored this season. He trails New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips by five goals for the MLS Golden Boot.
Revolution forward Kei Kamara made his return to Mapfre Stadium after being traded from the Crew in May.
MONTREAL - Kai Kamara scored in the first minute and Kelyn Rowe added two goals to help the New England Revolution beat the Montreal Impact 3-1 on Saturday night.
The Revolution (9-12-9), who lost to Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup final this week, posted a third straight win in Major League Soccer play with only their second road victory of the season. New England moved two points behind fifth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Didier Drogba scored on a penalty for Montreal (9-9-4), which has only one win in seven games. Perhaps more alarmingly, the Impact are 0-3-1 and have conceded 11 goals in their last four home games.