The Screaming Eagles and Barra Brava did their best last night, but it wasn’t enough to put D.C. United in possession of another trophy. They lost the US Open Cup to the Seattle Sounders 2-1. The turning point for the game came in the 67th minute as Seattle Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero put one by keeper Josh Wicks. But the goal wasn’t the end of United, what happened next was: keeper Wicks stomped on the torso of Montero, and drew a red card. Wicks had been playing out of his mind, and one flash of temper was enough to sink United. They’d bring a score back in the 87th minute, but keeper Kocic wasn’t up to the task.
Wicks likely deserves some time to think about what he’s done from the bench, which would likely cost the club their nascent playoff spot, but I can see no alternative for a player who deserves to learn a painful lesson about sportsmanship.