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Toddler turns pitch invader, forces mom to sprint after him during MLS match

You know what they say about having front-row seats at an MLS match: It’s all fun and games until your 2-year-old runs onto the field in the middle of the action.

A toddler showed some impressive speed Saturday night in Cincinnati, but his mother summoned the necessary burst and finished the play with a slide tackle before scurrying back to her seat with the young child in her arms.

The incident occurred at FC Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium in the second half of what would end as a 1-1 draw with Orlando City FC. Fortunately for all concerned, play was heading away from where the boy decided to turn pitch invader, and no apparent harm came of it.

The mother, identified by the Cincinnati Enquirer as southwest Ohio resident Morgan Tucker, could not be reached immediately for comment Sunday, but she and her child were all smiles in the wake of the episode.

Next time, though, she might want to get a seat a few rows back.

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