Mom tackles toddler who crashed on professional football pitch

When a mischievous toddler managed to sneak onto the field during FC Cincinnati’s game against Orlando City SC on Saturday, it was up to his mother to grab him and get him off the field as quickly as possible. And a video of her doing just that has gone viral in a major way.

Morgan Tucker was enjoying the game at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati when his two-year-old son, Zaydek Carpenter, did his best impression of an inebriated fan by run in the field with uninhibited pleasure. Morgan wasn’t far behind him, and to make sure she got her son off the pitch, she landed a pro-level sliding tackle (maybe it was more of an accidental slip, but it still had looks pretty cool).

After her super-mother reflexes helped defuse the situation, Morgan pulled her son off the field while Zaydek laughed in blissful ignorance. The entire streak happened so quickly that Zaydek was on and off the court before any of the players could even realize what was happening. But, of course, the footage was caught on camera and found its way online, where people instantly celebrated this toddler storming the field and quickly saving his mother.

“I literally looked away for a second and saw he was under the fence and I was like, ‘Oh my God. “”Morgan explained to hello america. “I was so scared that he would get hit in the head with a soccer ball.”

Morgan said the reason his son ran onto the pitch was because he would get sad every time the ball went across the pitch. So when the opportunity presented itself, he set off on a mad dash in hopes of getting a close-up view of the action. And it almost worked, if not for his mother’s ability to beat him in a running race.