Clint Dempsey

Osvaldo Alonso

Starting XI against Crew is near full strength

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Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.

There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.

Clint Dempsey’s back and he looks great

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All signs point to the Sounders player getting back to his best.

Last year about this time we wondered about Osvaldo Alonso, especially after the Sounders actively shopped him in the offseason. This led me to write this about Alonso's fate at the time.

While not the same, this off-season had a lot of speculation about Clint Dempsey.

Second day practice observations

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Yes, we have your daily Clint Dempsey update too

Day two in Soundersville started out much the same as the first, except without the number of fans at Starfire. Warmups were done in lines and players' preferred groups began to emerge. It will be interesting to see what happens when the missing players return.

Sounders face tough choices in their 2017 DP strategy

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Here are three ways Seattle could work around Clint Dempsey's health status and Osvaldo Alonso's climbing salary as they look to bring in a new Designated Player.

The Sounders currently have three Designated Players on the roster: Clint Dempsey, Osvaldo Alonso, and Nicolas Lodeiro. Though it's possible only one of them will be a DP and/or on the roster by opening kick.

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders v Columbus Crew, Carolina Challenge Cup: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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With preseason ending expect a regular season lineup.

In their final tuneup before the 2017 season the Seattle Sounders take on the Columbus Crew SC. The previous three preseason matches lacked scoring by the starting XI, but that same XI saw few minutes with Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro on the pitch at the same time.

Dempsey given all-clear to return

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States forward Clint Dempsey has been given the all-clear to return to football following a six-month layoff due to an irregular heartbeat, US Soccer confirmed.

The Seattle Sounders striker, who had not played since last August, has already played 30 minutes and a full 45 minutes during pre-season action for the reigning champions of Major League Soccer.

2016 Player Profile #9: Clint Dempsey

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All three of Clint's major club trophies came with the Seattle Sounders. He also won the Gold Cup twice.

Any discussion about Clint Dempsey's 2016 starts and stops with the heart issues that forced him to watch the Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup, rather than take the field with them. There's great news on that front.

Clint Dempsey upbeat after recovery from heart condition

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TUKWILA, Wash. Clint Dempsey is back and ready to help the Seattle Sounders defend their MLS Cup title.

Dempsey, addressing the media for the first time since being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat last summer, struck an upbeat tone after training on Tuesday.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Preseason: Highlights, stats and quotes

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In their second preseason match in Tucson, the Seattle Sounders came away with a 1-0 loss. There were many positives to take away from the match, including Clint Dempsey's continued progress, Nicolas Lodeiro's free kicks looking as dangerous as ever, and some strong performances from draft picks and homegrown players alike.

Seattle Sounders v San Jose Earthquakes, Desert Friendlies Recap: Tucson trip ends with 1-0 loss

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Former Sounder Cordell Cato scores the lone goal.

San Jose Earthquakes took a 1-0 lead on a Cordell Cato shot in the 57th minute. That was the only goal of the match. Both teams started near first XIs, with Seattle Sounders making a line change in the 60th minute. Clint Dempsey was one of Seattle first XI to only go 45, but that was an expected next step in his recovery.

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies: News, lineup, updates, analysis

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The 1-1 draw was more notable for Clint Dempsey's return to play than any goal or save. Fanendo Adi and Harry Shipp scored for their respective sides. Freddy Adu played too.

The Arizona phase of the Seattle Sounders preseason continues with a friendly against the Portland Timbers. This is Seattle's first match since winning MLS Cup.

Dempsey returns to training with Sounders

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The first day of the MLS preseason brought spectacular news to the Seattle Sounders and U.S. Men's National Team, as Clint Dempsey trained in full with the Sounders on Tuesday.

Dempsey, who was out since late August with an irregular heartbeat, is medically cleared to participate in regular soccer activities after missing the final two months of the regular season, Seattle's run to MLS Cup and the first two Hexagonal matches played by the USMNT.


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Hablar sobre los Sounders FC en el mes de diciembre fue, hasta el año pasado, un justo ritual de resignación por otra temporada fallida y de esperanza por una nueva temporada. Hoy en la noche, casi a mitad de diciembre, bajo un intenso frío en el BMO Field de Toronto, la Furia Verde estará jugando su primer final de Copa MLS frente al equipo de .

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: News, injury updates, highlights, analysis

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With a win Seattle (13-13-5) advances to playoffs for their eighth straight year. With a win FC Dallas (16-8-8) keeps their hopes of the Supporters' Shield alive. JOEtv and Univision-Seattle are broadcasting the 2 PM match.

The hamstring (also known as the biceps femoris, semitendinosus, and semimembranosus muscles if you want to sound fancy) is notorious for its variability in how injuries affect players.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I've been pretty consistent with the story of, I've given them ownership of the team. That is something that they believe in. I've gotten traction with that." -Brian Schmetzer

This Seattle Sounders team has managed as dramatic and crazy a turnaround as fans could have hoped since July. And this win — on the road, without Clint Dempsey, without Nicolas Lodeiro, on short rest, after giving up the first goal — has really put an exclamation point on an amazing run.

Major Link Soccer: Tata is coming to America

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Big Sam and his awesome sham, Champions League roundup, and Goals of the Week


"We feel that by ruling him out today," Lagerwey continued, "it puts us in the best position to eventually get him back hopefully for the 2017 season." We can only imagine how Clint Dempsey is feeling emotionally during this difficult time, but Dempsey only has to look to his close friend Eddie Johnson for some support and encouragement.

Minnesota United

Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/31/17

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A whole lot of links coming you way.

Philadelphia Union News

Oguchi Oneywu signs with the Philadelphia Union

Union notes: Onyewu signs, hot dog 'sandwiches' and 'California surfer guy'
A few thoughts from our friend Kevin Kinkead at PhillyVoice.

Some Soccer News for Jan 24, 2017

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It's Day 24 of 2017.

Great news: Clint Dempsey medically cleared to begin preseason training with Seattle Sounders!!


Three signings for Minnesota United today:
  • Starting with 25 year old Finnish defensive midfielder Rasmus Schuller from Hacken in Sweden.

Bruce Arena

Arena: March USMNT return not 'realistic' for Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey recently returned to Seattle Sounders training, but Bruce Arena says he doesn't expect the forward to be a part of the U.S. Men's National Team's plans any time soon.

Speaking to ESPN, Arena says Dempsey likely won't be a part of the USMNT squad for March's World Cup qualifiers.

Union signing and national team call ups, league news, sanctioning vote today, more

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Union sign Dutch left back Giliano Wijnaldum. Bedoya, Pontius, Rosenberry called up by USMNT. Division 2 sanctioning vote expected today. More.


Warmin' up the tube

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Let's all get set for the big game. - Greg Seltzer

USA vs. Mexico preview: North America rivals meet in Hex opener

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The final round of World Cup qualifying is set to begin with a bang with USA against Mexico, one of the biggest rivalries in this hemisphere.

Every game between these two nations is gripping and intense. But with a good start to the final qualifying round at stake, this should be even better than previous meetings.

USA vs. Mexico preview: North America rivals meet in Hex opener

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The final round of World Cup qualifying is set to begin with a bang with USA against Mexico, one of the biggest rivalries in this hemisphere.

Every game between these two nations is gripping and intense. But with a good start to the final qualifying round at stake, this should be even better than previous meetings.

Jordan Morris

Union bits, more news

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Pontius on having a healthy season. Fan vote open for Union Player of the Year.

Jordan Morris earns a USMNT call to play Mexico

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US-Mexico face off on November 11th, Jordan will be the lone Sounder on the roster this time.

MLS is giving clubs a week off between the conference semis and conference finals with FIFA holding World Cup qualifiers. Jordan Morris will join the list of players representing their national teams as non-US internationals Joevin Jones, Roman Torres, Nelson Valdez, Oniel Fisher, Damion Lowe and Nicholas Lodeiro received call-ups already.

USMNT vs. Cuba International Friendly: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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Jordan Morris and the US men's national team heads to Cuba for a historic international friendly. This is your Sounder at Heart preview, gamethread and how to watch.

The last time the USMNT played in Cuba was 2008. Newly appointed Swansea City manager Bob Bradley was the coach and Clint Dempsey scored the only goal in a 1-0 win in World Cup Qualifying.

Jurgen Klinsmann sees "so much upside" in Jordan Morris

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USMNT manager also expects to have Clint Dempsey back for January camp.

With all the deserved hype surrounding Cristian Pulisic these days, it's almost tempting to forget that at this time last year most of that praise was being heaped upon Jordan Morris' potential.

It's not that Morris' play given much cause to lessen expectations, but he does seem to have been surpassed as the United States Soccer Savior.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Dempsey nearing full fitness

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Clint Dempsey has been cleared to play, Yedlin owns the right back spot, and some crazy Goals of the Week.


The Seattle Sounders striker told reporters on Tuesday that doctors have cleared him for a full return to action for the first time since he was sidelined in August.

Starfire phase of preseason training ends with Dempsey Day

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Two new trialists appear and Clint Dempsey talks about returning to competitive play.

Today was the last practice before the Sounders leave for Charleston, South Carolina and the Carolina Challenge Cup. There was a bit more intensity at this session, and I really think the returning young players helped, as well as knowing that this was some players' last chance to impress before getting on the plane.

Recapping final day of training before Sounders head to Arizona

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Clint Dempsey provides the highlight of the afternoon.

The last day of practice before heading off to Arizona to continue pre-season started off indoors. Originally using both fields, the MLS Cup Champion Sounders were soon ushered off of one field for what looked to be a girls U4 team. (Schmetzer's look was priceless.

Nos Audietis, Episode 240: The Boys are Back

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Sounders open training camp with some intriguing names.

Opening training camp as the defending MLS Cup champions has a certain ring to it, doesn't it? The Seattle Sounders did just that this week, and there were no shortage of storylines.

The most interesting was probably the health of Clint Dempsey.

Clint Dempsey passes fitness test with flying colors

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Sounders performance analyst happy with Dempsey's progress.

Seattle Sounders FC's annual beep test establishes baseline fitness. Getting a baseline maximum aerobic heart rate is more important than winning it. Since professional soccer players are involved, though, it becomes a competition.

Union open training camp, Jonathan Spector signs with Orlando City: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/25/17

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Hump Day Links.

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union open training camp
Faf Picault and Adam Najem in camp as trialists; Oguchi Onyewu with team for "training stint."

MLS News

Giovinco to ‘talk to Toronto' about Chinese Super League offer
The Italian's agent has suggested some money is on the table from the Far East.

Clint Dempsey cleared to train, could play in preseason

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Sounders happy with progress Designated Player made in offseason.

There is still no timeline for when Clint Dempsey will be able to return to regular game action, but he has been cleared to train as the Seattle Sounders formally opened their 2017 preseason.

Dempsey, who was a full participant in the session, is on a pathway that could see him appear in preseason games, and it's at least possible that he'll be ready at the start of the season.

Protected lists out today, Seattle MLS champs, state of the league, more

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A week of transfer mechanisms begins today. Seattle win MLS Cup on PKs. Flurry of player moves. State of the league address highlights. More.

MLSPU files for dismissal of youth club lawsuit

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The saga of youth clubs attempting to secure compensation for the training of future professionals took another twist after a dismissal motion was filed by the MLS Players Union.

The MLSPU has filed a claim requesting that the lawsuit, centering around the youth clubs of U.S. Men's National Team stars Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and DeAndre Yedlin, be thrown out due to a lack of personal jurisdiction of the U.

Clint Dempsey, wife dressed as Super Mario characters for Halloween

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Glad to see the Dempseys appeared to enjoy the holiday.

We haven't really seen or heard much from Clint Dempsey since it was revealed he had an irregular heartbeat a couple months ago, aside from some shots of him watching games at CenturyLink Field.

This hardly qualifies as anything like an update, but it is good to see him and his wife having fun for Halloween.

Brian Schmetzer is rendering talk of curses obsolete

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Sounders win first ever league game while wearing horrendous white kits.

There were so many things working against the Seattle Sounders before they took the field on Sunday. It wasn't just that Clint Dempsey was out, or that Nicolas Lodeiro went and got himself suspended for the match.

They were also playing their third game in nine days — including two on the road that took them the length of the West Coast.