Raccoon Interrupts Major League Soccer Game for 161 Seconds

Even animals can have their 15 minutes of fame. A Major League Soccer game was interrupted after a raccoon ran out onto the field and evaded capture for 161 seconds.

The raccoon made its appearance during the MLS game between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC on May 15, 2024, at Subaru Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. Stadium workers chased the animal with trash cans in an attempt to capture it.

The pitch invader, dubbed Raquinho the Raccoon by MLS online, earned cheers from the crowd as it evaded capture. A video of the incident was posted on X, as well as a graphic announcing that the raccoon set a new record for the sport.

“Raquinho the Raccoon spent 161 seconds on the field tonight, which was the most by a raccoon in @MLS history,” the post read.

Workers were eventually able to capture the raccoon between two trash cans and carry it off the field. A team spokesperson confirmed the raccoon was removed from the stadium by pest control company Hoffman’s and safely released.

New York FC went on to win the game with a score of 2-1.