U.S. Soccer hands Dempsey long Open Cup suspension

A U.S. Soccer panel charged with handling disciplinary matters in the U.S. Open Cup has suspended the Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey for six U.S. Open Cup matches or the next two years of U.S. Open Cup competition, whichever is greater in response to his actions of tearing up the notebook of referee Daniel Radford in their fourth-round match.

Dempsey was also handed a three-game ban by MLS that he'll have served by the end of the weekend. He'll be off next week to join the U.S. national team, though, as it prepares for the Gold Cup.

In addition, the U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel fined Dempsey an undisclosed amount. The panel convened Tuesday to review the evidence gathered in regards to the incident. Dempsey waived his right to an appeal.

The U.S. Open Cup suspension, similar to the one handed down to Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire after a 2008 head-butting incident, will not affect Dempsey's ability to play in MLS or for the national team.
4 comments about "U.S. Soccer hands Dempsey long Open Cup suspension".
  1. Brent Crossland, June 26, 2015 at 7:10 a.m.

    "Will not affect Dempsey's ability to play when there is real money involved". There - fixed it for ya!

  2. John Soares, June 26, 2015 at 2:39 p.m.

    Have no problem with this US Open Cup "penalty". Usually penalties are issued and apply only to the competition involved. I'm a little confused as to why three entities are involved separately. First MLS now Open Cup and presumably US/Inter next.
    IF it was such a great offence, why didn't USSF step in and handle it in one step??? Just asking.

  3. beautiful game, June 26, 2015 at 3 p.m.

    The USSF has no spine, it is in the same league as the NFL and its Commissioner Goodell who has no stones to get anything right.

  4. James e Chandler, June 27, 2015 at 11:33 a.m.

    John, it all has to do with international soccer hierarchy.
    FIFA recognizes USSF which is a member of CONCACAF which in turn sanctions the other entities, MLS, NASL, NWSL (sort of as hybrid here), US Youth Soccer, US Club Soccer, US Adult Soccer, etc., that administer different levels of play.
    That's why USL teams, MSL teams, ASASA teams are automatically entered into the US Open Cup.
    If you don't understand how events like the FA cup in England, the US Open Cup, and club tournaments in other soccer federations/associations are at the very roots of Association Football whose players were known as 'soccers, then you miss the entire point of its existence.

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