Too bad Jurgen Klinsmann already named his final United States squad for the 2014 World Cup. Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel made his case for inclusion with a nifty right-footed deflection to first base during his team's 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
With one out in the ninth inning, Mariners center fielder James Jones hit a liner up the middle. Keuchel shifted his feet just enough to get a touch on the ball, which flew right to first baseman Jesus Guzman for the easy out.
That helped the Astros left-hander record a complete-game victory.
Despite Keuchel's impressive performance and right-footed flick, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon remained nonplussed, per Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times:
McClendon on Keuchel: "I saw avg. stuff. We didn't swing the bats very good. At some pt, you have to stop giving credit to avg pitchers."— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 25, 2014
McClendon must not be a soccer fan.