The Case of the Disappearing Clint Dempsey

The Seattle Sounders are in a white-knuckle dogfight to keep their playoffs streak alive as Toronto FC comes to Sodo Saturday. Luckily Seattle is finally getting reinforcements.

Finally Seattle is getting healthy. Ozzie is shaking of the rust and looked dominant in his short appearance. New-signing Andreas Ivanschitz was working with the first team at Starfire. And, most important of all, seldom seen star Clint Dempsey trained in full yesterday. It’s about time we saw our multi-million dollar man back on the pitch.

Dempsey has only played 13 games for the Sounders this sense. 13. And yet he’ still taken a lot of wear and tear for the red, white and blue: the US crest and the MLS logo. Dempsey has played in 10 non-Sounders matchers between the US friendlies, The Gold Cup and the MLS All-Star Joke. Last year, in a World Cup year no less, Dempsey still logged 26 matches with 23 starts for Seattle.

Deuce has missed games for call-ups and suspensions, but the majority of his absences are due to his recent injury. Dempsey has missed the last 7 games after injuring himself in training following our 3-0 loss to Vancouver back on August 1st. I’d love to blame Jurgen for playing Deuce for all 90 minutes in a 6-0 rout of Cuba, and the US Soccer Federation for having a spastic control freak ref the Sounders-Timbers USOC game, but the blame for Dempsey’s recent injury falls squarely on the shoulders of Seattle’s training staff. We rushed an overworked player back to the pitch because we were desperate.

The Gold Cup cast a brutal physical toll of Dempsey. Check out his game log from the competition:

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 9.51.21 PMIncluding our home game against Vancouver, that’s 9 games in 30 days in 9 different cities. Deuce played a game almost every 3 days and then took a cramped flight immediately afterward. Can you say “soft tissue damage”?

Seattle needs to take care of its star. But Jurgen Klinsmann just called him into the US-Brazil game in Foxborough on the 8th. Right as Deuce is getting healthy he may play 3 games in 8 days with 2 cross-country flights. Dempsey should be able to be eased back in to a slowing Seattle schedule. He should be just getting ready to power us into and through the playoffs. We can only hope.

 

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