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Oklahoma City Energy FC: Energy captain Michael Thomas suspended for excessive yellow cards

by Chris Brannick Published: August 17, 2014

Oklahoma City Energy FC midfielder and team captain Michael Thomas will serve a one-game suspension Friday for excessive yellow cards.

Thomas picked up his fifth yellow card of the season Thursday in the first half of a 2-1 loss to Arizona United.

According to United Soccer League’s rules, players exceeding the caution accumulation penalty point plateau(s) will begin serving their suspension commencing on the seventh day after the threshold was reached. USLPRO lists five cautions as a one game suspension and a $100 fine. Eight cautions is the next threshold, which carries a two game suspension.

Energy FC general manager Jason Hawkins said the seven-day grace period is a chance for the team to appeal if it feels it is necessary. The league releases a report every Monday regarding cautions and whether or not a player will serve a suspension. Hawkins said the grace period prevents mistakes from being made.

“It gives a chance to review the league reports,” Hawkins said. “So to insure cards were assigned to the proper player. It’s just an opportunity to review and make sure everything is right and there should be a suspension.”

The loss of Thomas carries a heavy weight. In an April match with Arizona, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Thomas received a red card in the first half, which is an automatic ejection, and Energy FC eventually lost. Saturday night in Oklahoma City, Thomas did not play because of a foot injury, and Energy FC lost again.

However, Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen said he doesn’t want his players to pull up when they reach four yellow cards.

“I say don’t worry about it, don’t think about it,” Nielsen said ahead of Saturday’s match with L.A. Galaxy II. “Go out there and play your game. If you are suspended, you are suspended.”

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by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor, OKC Energy FC Reporter
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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