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Seattle Sounders FC: Clint Dempsey Suspended?

Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders FC

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The Seattle Sounders FC enter their third match of the season with a cloud hanging over their heads. No, not the clouds that are expected to dump at least an inch of snow in Montreal over the next few days and up to three inches on Saturday; these clouds are in part due to the rumored suspension of Clint Dempsey.

Kurtis Larson of the Toronto Sun tweeted out on Wednesday that Sounders FC midfielder Dempsey could be suspended for two matches for his altercation off the ball so to speak with Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom. Their has been no formal announcement from Major League Soccer regarding the incident but it seems as though the report may be true. Manager Sigi Schmid said after training on Wednesday that the team “knew the incident was being looked at” by the league and that the club “could not say anything officially until the league made an announcement.”

I really cannot blame Dempsey for what happened during the match on Saturday as he had been hit with some very questionable tackles by a few Toronto FC players including one early that should have resulted in a yellow card for Jackson. The whistle had been blown for yet another foul and a frustrated Dempsey felt a hand on his back which he tried to push away. Unfortunately, it did not work out so easily. It was reported after the match that Dempsey caught up with Bloom to offer an explanation which Bloom accepted.

It will be very interesting to see how Schmid handles the situation in Montreal if Dempsey is suspended; Brad Evans will potentially be missing the match as well after being subbed out early with a nasty calf bruise though he did travel with the club on Thursday. The player who stands to benefit the most from these two absences would be Kenny Cooper. Cooper played in the Dempsey spot at withdrawn forward during the season opener with Sporting Kansas City before being relegated to the bench in favor of Lamar Neagle on the left side of midfield.

Personally I like the idea of playing Kenny Cooper on the right side of the midfield paired up with the attacking runs of DeAndre Yedlin. Any back post run can pose a danger to the defense but when the run is made by a 6-foot-3 goal-scorer who is probably being marked by an undersized wing defender then the odds of success go up exponentially for a positive offensive result. This will also give Cooper the chances to attack the defense from a little deeper which is what he prefers as a player, though it will not be attacking from the central position.

Another player that Sounders fans are waiting to hear about is starting left back Leo Gonzalez; he has missed the first two games so far as he regains his fitness following off-season surgery. The Sounders are playing it safe by not forcing Gonzalez to return quicker than necessary and it helps that second-year man Dylan Remick has been playing fairly well over the first two weeks. His speed compliments Yedlin on the other side though, like Yedlin, he needs to make his crosses more consistent.

GAME DAY NOTES:

This will be the third all-time meeting between the two clubs with the Montreal Impact having won both of the previous meetings; a 4-1 win at the Stade Saputo in June 2012 and a 1-0 win at CenturyLink Field in the 2013 season opener.

Matthew Evans is an MLS writer for Stoppage Time Soccer with a primary emphasis on all things Cascadia. “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

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