U.S. Men's National Team captain Clint Dempsey made quite a buzz when he decided to join the Seattle Sounders this summer from Premier League side Tottenham. But it hasn’t been exactly as he would have liked.
The forward has started just three of his five appearance for the Sounders, limited by injury and national team call ups. He has missed Seattle's last two games with a hamstring injury, but it sounds like he'll be traveling to Colorado to face the Rapids on Saturday and will then join the U.S. team for their final two World Cup Qualifiers, according to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
"I have spoken to Sigi (Schmid, Seattle's coach) a couple of times, and they expect him back on the weekend, and therefore we expect him back in camp on Sunday," Klinsmann told reporters Tuesday in Utah before the US Open Cup final.
Dempsey's only previous appearance at Dick's Sporting Good Park was this past March when he scored the only goal for the USMNT in the 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the SnowClasico.
“I just have to keep working hard and make sure that I’m looking after my body," Dempsey told SoundersFC.com. "I think I was trying to push through some stuff and ultimately I think it caused me to take a step backwards.”
According to the article on the team's official site, Dempsey has been training all week and his status will be determined Thursday after Seattle's training session.
Before he moved to England, Dempsey played six matches against Colorado from 2004-2006 while with the New England Revolution. His last game against Colorado was on September 30, 2006, a 3-1 Revolution win in which Dempsey scored NE's third goal.
The Rapids match against Seattle kicks off at 8 p.m. MT. A limited number of tickets still available.