Often what I try to do for sports photography is to position myself such that my shot has a nice background. Maybe there are trees or a grass berm in the background. This isn't always possible since lighting (sun) and access often determine where I can position myself. Fortunately in most sports, the team switch sides at half-time so I can make it work on one of the halves. A nice background may be a good compromise for the bokeh if you can't open up the lens.

It's a good shot though.