Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey has been banned from U.S. Open Cup competition through at least the 2017 tournament.
The Open Cup adjudication and discipline panel Thursday fined Dempsey an undisclosed amount and suspended him a total of six Open Cup matches or the next two years of Open Cup competition, whichever is greater.
The action follows the red card Dempsey received June 16 in a loss to the Portland Timbers during which he tore and threw the referee’s notebook.
Last week, Major League Soccer suspended Dempsey for three league games in connection with the same incident. Dempsey will serve the final game of that suspension Sunday when the Sounders visit Portland. Seattle is 0-2 in his absence.
The length of Dempsey’s Open Cup suspension will depend on how many games his team plays in the tournament each year.
The U.S. Open Cup is the nation’s club championship, open to teams from all levels of U.S. Soccer.
U.S. Soccer said Dempsey waived his right to an appeal.
Soccer in Tumwater
Before the Cascadia Cup rivalry between Seattle and Portland resumes Sunday in Oregon, fans might catch glimpses of the Sounders and Timbers future in Tumwater on Friday.
The teams’ under-23 squads play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tumwater District Stadium.
Portland’s U-23s defeated Seattle, 1-0, on June 21 at Camas’ Doc Harris Stadium behind a goal from Geoffrey Dee in the 28th minute.
The Timbers U-23 (5-1-2), led by Ben White’s four goals on 17 shots, sit in second place, two points behind the Kitsap Pumas (6-0-1) in the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League (PDL). The Sounders U-23s (4-2-1) are in third place, two points behind the Timbers.
Guillermo Delgado and Brandt Bronico are co-leaders in goals (three) for Seattle. Delgado also ranks tied for ninth in the PDL in shots (3.33 per game).
Sounders U-23 goalkeeper Paul Christensen has played 540 minutes of 630 total minutes, allowing only four goals.
General admission tickets are $10.