James Vaughan has apologised for the mistimed tackle which saw him sent off against Chicago Fire.
The Everton youngster saw red late on in the 2-0 defeat to their MLS opponents for a reckless challenge on Daniel Woolard.
Vaughan accepts that he was in the wrong, but insists there was no sinister intent in his wild lunge.
"I ended up mistiming it and going over the ball with two feet," the striker told the club's official website.
"It was an accident and there was nothing malicious in it. I am just glad I didn't seriously hurt the player."
The dismissal came as a blow to Vaughan as he has only recently returned to the first-team fold following an extended spell on the sidelines with knee trouble.
He added: "It felt good to be back. I've had the injury for a few months so it was good to be back playing alongside the lads.
"I've got a few bumps and bruises but that's a good feeling having played a game.
"I was just looking forward to playing. I was desperate to play. It was longer than I was expecting to get and I felt good fitness-wise."