File this one under: toddlers.
An Ohio mom got an unexpected workout when she had to sprint after her 2-year-old son, who’d run onto the field in the middle of a Major League Soccer game
Morgan Tucker, of Moscow, Ohio, took her son Zaydek to his first soccer game Saturday night to watch FC Cincinnati play Orlando City FC.
About an hour into the game, Tucker said she turned her head for one second — and we all know what trouble that can be with a two-year-old — which was all the time Zaydek needed to slide under a fence and run onto the field. They were guests of Tucker’s employer and were sitting in club seats on the sidelines, according to Tucker.
“I literally looked away for one second and saw he was under the fence and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,'” she told “Good Morning America.” “I had to jump over the gate and then sprinted after him.”
Tucker was captured on camera sprinting onto the field and then sliding in order to tackle Zaydek and take him off the field, where play was continuing.
We hope this mother and her young pitch invader are having a great day. 😂
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 9, 2021
“When I slid and tackled him, I did not feel any pain but the next day I was sore for sure,” said Tucker, who described her actions in the moment as “pure adrenaline.” “I was so scared he was going to get hit in the head with a soccer ball.”
Both Tucker and Zaydek made it off the field without injury (but perhaps with some embarrassment) and without interrupting the game.
Although her technique was impressive, the slide tackle from behind probably should have earned her a Yellow Card.