Keeper Josh Wicks (DC United) stamps on Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders)

Blatant violence with intent is something that doesn’t happen all too often in American soccer, so when DC United keeper Josh Wicks stomped on Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero on Wednesday night everyone stood up to take notice.

How Wicks thought he could get away with his assault is mind-boggling.

With the teams facing off in the US Open Cup final, Seattle ran out 2-1 winners. But all the post-match focus fell on Wicks’ moment of madness after conceding the opener midway through the second half.

Winger Steve Zakuani headed the ball into the path of Freddy Ljungberg, who saw his effort stopped smartly by keeper Wicks. Unfortunately Wicks was unable to hold onto the ball, and hotshot Fredy Montero burst onto the scene to tuck in the opener.

Amazingly, Wicks then walked toward Montero, who was lying on the ground, and stomped on the striker with both feet. Wicks was red-carded and had to be forced off the field by officials.

Wicks’ assault was unprofessional, uncalled for and downright dumb.

The stomping incident can be seen here.