October 06, 2009

The U.S. Soccer Federation added four games to the suspension of D.C. United goalkeeper Josh Wicks who, during his team's 2-1 loss in the U.S. Open Cup final, was red-carded for stomping on Seattle goal-scorer Fredy Montero and then berated the officials.

The five-game ban, not effective for MLS games, means Wicks will miss the entire Open Cup next year.

The Washington Post reported that a six-member USSF panel ruled that Wicks "intentionally stomped on a player in the field of play, refused to leave the field of play in a timely fashion and used highly inflammatory language to insult the fourth official."

Wicks is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury. --Soccer America

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