Braves player uses foot to stop ball, gains approval from U.S. Soccer
During the fifth inning of the Atlanta Braves’ 7–2 loss to the San Diego Padres, second baseman Kelly Johnson decided to try something different.
As he ranged to his left, well into the outfield, Johnson decided that instead of diving for the ball he would just halt its forward progress with his left foot.
It went well! The maneuver erased any possibility of a Wil Myers hustle double, and made Johnson look wise.
He wasn’t looking for feedback on his kick, but he got it from U.S. Soccer.
Great first touch, but the handball is a bit of a concern.— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 7, 2016
Look, soccer Twitter-account-runner, you can’t have it both ways. You want my man Kelly to just kick the ball into second? That wouldn’t be nearly as cool.
What would be cool, though, is a goal on Tuesday night against Costa Rica.
– Kenny Ducey