The 70D's 7 fps frame rate is very good at capturing a precise moment, but sometimes the right timing on the shutter release (along with a short shutter lag) rules the day. In this case, I was tracking the action and pressed the shutter release at just the right time.
Please – just let me keep thinking that I'm highly skilled – not just lucky. :)
With the 70D in horizontal orientation, I had a left-side focus point selected. This kept the player being followed facing into the frame and allowed the opponent to be also-included for an increased sense of drama.
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm f/2.8 1/3200s
4985 x 3323px