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DTotD: An overhead kick to the throat in MLS

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Columbus' Justin Meram was hoping to equalize against Dallas after he entered the match just before halftime on Saturday, but instead he ended up delivering a failed overhead kick to the throat of an opponent in the 51st minute.

Meram thought he was set up nicely for an emphatic finish right in front of goal, but instead of making contact with the ball, he caught Dallas' Hernan Pertuz in the neck with the toe of his boot. Meram was shown a yellow card for the dangerous high boot, but eventually scored in the 67th to start Columbus' comeback and eventual 2-1 win.

Pertuz was able to play on despite having his Adam's apple moved to the back of his skull.

This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.

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