Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom

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Boy, 2, sprints out onto field during live MLS match in Cincinnati but is quickly corralled by his embarrassed mother

  • A two-year-old boy ran out onto the field during a live MLS match in Cincinnati only to quickly be corralled by his embarrassed mother before many noticed
  • The boy, identified by the Cincinnati Enquirer as Zaydek Carpenter of Moscow, Ohio, ran onto the field in the second half of an FC Cincinnati-Orlando City game
  • Carpenter’s mad dash was quickly squashed by his mother, Morgan Tucker, who showed remarkable quickness in sprinting to her son and retrieving him
  • Tucker managed to pivot and zip back to her seat without most of the stadium even realizing what had happened.

    Afterwords they were seen smiling together 

By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:04, 9 August 2021 | Updated: 22:46, 9 August 2021

The latest chapter in soccer’s never-ending battle with unruly fans was written in Cincinnati on Saturday night when a two-year-old spectator darted out onto the pitch from his front row seat, only to be corralled by his embarrassed mother. 

Remarkably, the entire incident unfolded without much of the stadium even noticing.

The perpetrator in this case, identified by the Cincinnati Enquirer as Zaydek Carpenter of Moscow, Ohio, ran onto the north end of the field in the second half of an MLS game between FC Cincinnati and visiting Orlando City SC.

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Pitch invader Zaydek Carpenter, 2, laughs and smiles as his mother Morgan Tucker, of Moscow, Ohio, carries him off the field as play continues in the second half of the MLS match between FC Cincinnati and Orlando City at TQL Stadium

Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom

Morgan Tucker and son Zaydek Carpenter, 2, of Moscow, Ohio pay a visit to a live MLS game 

Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom

The boy (circled), identified by the Cincinnati Enquirer as Moscow, Ohio’s Zaydek Carpenter, was seen running onto the north end of the field in the second half of an MLS game between FC Cincinnati and visiting Orlando City SC

Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom

Carpenter’s mad dash was quickly squashed by his mother, Morgan Tucker, who showed remarkable quickness in sprinting to her son on the field

Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom

With the help of an improvised slide tackle, Tucker delicately scooped up her son and returned

Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom

At one point Tucker noticed that she had lost her glasses, but she quickly scooped them up with one hand while securing her laughing son with the other and returning to her seat 

Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom

The exasperated mother was seen grinning sheepishly as she approached the sideline with her giggling son in her arms

Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom

Tucker hasn’t commented publicly about the incident yet, but she was pictured by Enquirer photographer Sam Greene with a smiling Zaydek later in the evening

It’s unclear how Carpenter managed the escape, although the fact that he’s a two-year-old is a likely factor.  

Typically such fan interference results in a violent tackle by stadium security or at least the interruption of the game. 

However, Carpenter’s mad dash was quickly squashed by his mother, Morgan Tucker, who showed remarkable quickness in sprinting to her son on the field and delicately scooping him up while executing an improvised slide tackle. 

And not only did Tucker retrieve her boy, but she managed to grab her fallen sunglasses before pivoting and zipping back to her seat before most of the stadium knew what happened. 

The exasperated mother was seen grinning sheepishly as she approached the sideline with her giggling son in her arms.  

Tucker hasn’t commented publicly about the incident yet, but she was pictured by Enquirer photographer Sam Greene with a smiling Zaydek later in the evening. 

And yes, they were in their seats. 

Boy, 2, sprints into live MLS match, is quickly corralled by mom

Morgan Tucker and her son Zaydek are reportedly from Moscow, which is west of Cincinnati

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