In Sunday’s MLS game between the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United, New York’s oft-maligned left back flipped the script with a bit of skill that no one could have seen coming.
Pearce spends most games trying to stay in front of opposing attackers — often to mixed results. However, in the 36th minute the defender decided to give United midfielder Danny Cruz a taste of his own medicine.
Receiving the ball on the left flank, Pearce went left, right, then finally left again; sending an embarrassed Cruz crashing to the ground, ankles thoroughly broken.
Pearce’s nifty dribble brings to mind some other great ankle-breakers. Randolph Childress‘s crossover in the 1995 ACC Tournament final proved that taunting does have a place in sports. Meanwhile, this shimmy by Barry Sanders actually tore the ACL of NFL Hall-of-Famer Rod Woodson.
Check out Pearce’s juke in the video below.
Thumbnail photo via Flickr/aitch.bomb