Clint Dempsey

Harry Shipp

Harry Shipp already looks perfect for Seattle’s attack

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The midfielder brings yet another dynamic, creative presence to an already explosive attack

It took a couple matches for him to get there, but after Harry Shipp's performance in the Sounders' 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the young midfielder is starting to look like the final piece to Seattle's attacking puzzle.

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.

Bruce Arena

'Invaluable' Dempsey joins several new faces as USMNT faces vital qualifiers

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Just days ago, Bruce Arena said he didn't expect Clint Dempsey to join the U.S. Men's National Team for World Cup qualifiers. After several months away from the field with an irregular heartbeat, Dempsey simply wasn't expected to be ready and the USMNT boss was in no rush to throw him right back into the fire.

US national football team calls Dempsey, Howard for WC2018 qualifying

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Chicago (AFP) – US coach Bruce Arena called upon forward Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard, both veterans coming off serious injuries, for World Cup qualifying duty Wednesday ahead of crucial matches.

Seattle Sounders’ Dempsey had been sidelined due to an irregular heartbeat and rejoins the US squad for the first time since Copa America Centenario last June.

Dempsey, Howard, Cameron headline USMNT squad for World Cup qualifiers

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Facing a must-win scenario, Bruce Arena turned to a group of U.S. Men's National Team regulars for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Included in that group is a bit of a surprise: Clint Dempsey.

Dempsey joins Tim Howard, Geoff Cameron and Michael Bradley to headline a 23-man roster that includes 19 players with World Cup qualifying experience.

Clint Dempsey named to USMNT’s 2018 World Cup qualifying roster

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Bruce Arena makes announcement during appearance on Colin Cowherd's radio show.

Clint Dempsey will be part of the United States' upcoming World Cup qualifiers, after all. Head coach Bruce Arena made the announcement during an appearance on Colin Cowherd's radio show, about 45 minutes before the full roster was revealed.

Next two games could determine Clint Dempsey’s status for World Cup qualifiers

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So, Bruce hasn't decided what to do, after all.

Just a couple days after tamping down the likelihood that Clint Dempsey would participate in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, United States men's national team coach Bruce Arena left the door wide open for a quick return.

During a Facebook Live question-and-answer session, Arena seemed to indicate that Dempsey's performances in the next couple games could determine whether or not the veteran is called in for the March 24 and 28 matches.

Arena cautious about Dempsey return

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena said he will take a cautious approach before recalling Clint Dempsey to the national team as the striker works his way back to fitness following a heart problem.

Dempsey scored in Seattle’s opening defeat against Houston last weekend, his first Major League Soccer game since being sidelined last year following the discovery of an irregular heartbeat.

Arena cautious about Dempsey return

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena said he will take a cautious approach before recalling Clint Dempsey to the national team as the striker works his way back to fitness following a heart problem.

Dempsey scored in Seattle’s opening defeat against Houston last weekend, his first Major League Soccer game since being sidelined last year following the discovery of an irregular heartbeat.

Arena set to be cautious with Howard, Dempsey, Cameron as USMNT prepares for WCQ

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The first two competitive matches of Bruce Arena's second time around as U.S. Men's National Team manager are two weeks away. With time ticking down before the renewal of the Hexagonal round, Arena is trying to figure out the availability of three of his biggest players.

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.

Seattle Sounders

Jordan Morris joins Clint Dempsey on USA’s World Cup qualifying roster

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Bruce Arena is taking the Seattle Sounders attack with him to face Honduras and Panama.

With World Cup qualifying a bit in doubt, USMNT coach Bruce Arena is turning to the Seattle Sounders for offense. He called both Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey into the 23-man roster that will be available to face Honduras on March 24 and Panama on March 28.

Seattle Sounders at Montreal: Lineup includes former Impact midfielder Harry Shipp

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Only one change from last week's loss to Houston.

Brian Schmetzer's latest lineup features just one change for his Seattle Sounders FC. Harry Shipp is replacing Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup. Gustav Svensson continues as the right back option, with Brad Evans out and Oniel Fisher still with limited fitness.

Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders Final Score: Dynamo come out guns blazing against Seattle Sounders

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Houston started fast and held on to a 2-1 victory over the Sounders at home in the season opener.

In a season-opening matchup between the defending champion Seattle Sounders and defending Western Conference bottom-feeders Houston Dynamo, the champs were rightfully favored to win, especially with the return of Clint Dempsey.

Sounders at Houston Dynamo, recap: Road loss to begin season.

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Seattle remains winless in Houston.

Despite a late surge, the Seattle Sounders opened 2017 with a 2-1 loss. The Houston Dynamo dominated the first half. Their posture in the final forty-five gave Seattle hope. Sounders have yet to win in Houston. Clint Dempsey scored his first goal since 21 Aug 2016, but it was a goal for honor not a result.

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: Lineup includes Clint Dempsey

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Nine starters from the MLS Cup win, plus Clint Dempsey

In their first competitive match since winning the MLS Cup the Seattle Sounders have changes at right back and in the attacking band. Clint Dempsey is returning to the field. Gustav Svensson, as the third right back option, replaces now-Atlanta-United defender Tyrone Mears.

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.

Stefan Frei

Plenty of encouraging signs in Sounders’ season-opening loss

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Joevin Jones' starring performance and Clint Dempsey playing 90 minutes two huge positives.

Of all the ways the Seattle Sounders hoped to begin their title defense, I think it can safely be said that the first half of Saturday's game was not one of them. The Sounders were roundly outplayed, looked sluggish and frankly like a team that wasn't quite ready to play meaningful matches.

Dynamo drop defending champion Sounders to open MLS season

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders’ defense of the Major League Soccer championship got off to a rocky start on Saturday as they fell 2-1 to the aggressive Houston Dynamo.

Houston, who finished last season at the bottom of the Western Conference, gave no quarter to the defending champions.

Dynamo drop defending champion Sounders to open MLS season

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders’ defense of the Major League Soccer championship got off to a rocky start on Saturday as they fell 2-1 to the aggressive Houston Dynamo.

Houston, who finished last season at the bottom of the Western Conference, gave no quarter to the defending champions.

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.

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.

The Rest

This is why Clint Dempsey got a mysterious yellow card

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Simon Borg seems to think there's a chance he'll be suspended.

One of the more confusing moments in Sunday's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls was the yellow card given to Clint Dempsey. What most fans saw — even those who were watching on TV -- was a cross being played in, the whistle blowing and then play being stopped.

Dempsey, Altidore headline five USMNT call-ups to score ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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The U.S. Men's National Team needed some positive news this weekend after Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood were removed from the roster for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches with Honduras and Panama due to injuries.

The good news came from in front of nets worldwide, as some of the players headed to California this week struck the back of the net in their respective club matches.

Sounders vs. Red Bulls recap: Celebrations all over

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What started with the MLS Cup banner reveal ended with a second-half full of goals.

Anyone still harboring concerns over the potency of the Seattle Sounders offense in this early part of the season can breathe a bit easier. An early penalty by Clint Dempsey was followed by second-half goals from Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp, as the Sounders earned a 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Philadelphia Union preview, US players must stand for anthem: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/5/17

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Opening day for the Union is finally here!

Philadelphia Union News

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Vancouver Whitecaps
The Union open up their season in Cascadia country against a side not looking to be left behind by their rivals in 2017.

Philadelphia Union Newest Sponsorship Deal to Pay Off at the Pumps
The Philadelphia Union has signed a multi-year partnership agreement with Sunoco that includes a way for soccer fans to save money on gasoline.

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.

Seattle

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.

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.

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
GOOOOOOOOOCH!

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

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.