Seattle Sounders director Garth Lagerwey has stated that Clint Dempsey will be out for the rest of the season because of health issues.
This statement has put an end to speculations that the player could be back before the end of the year.
Garth Lagerwey confirms that Clint Dempsey has a health condition that they have been monitoring for some months now. Tests have shown that the forward has an irregular heartbeat that needs to be addressed now before it turns into a dangerous condition.
Garth Lagerwey said that Seattle Sounders still believe that the player will be back in the team next year. However, he added that they would not be putting any pressure on the player as his health is more important that the club. He admitted that it would be a big loss for the team but at the moment they need to focus on the treatment and ensure that there is no danger to the player’s health.
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Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer says that he is keen on the team getting some confidence before the start of the MLS play-offs.
He has also set a target of winning the MLS Cup this season. The club failed to secure a place in the play-offs of the 2016 MLS Cup in the last two weeks. However, they have a chance to confirm their position with the victory against Real Salt Lake this weekend.Schmetzer replaced Sigi Schmid a few months ago and he has a major job on his hands as far as matching the parts of the former coach.
Schmid is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in the MLS. A proper start forSchmetzer would be winning the MLS Cup in his first season at the club. It will not be easy going by the club’s form in the MLS, although it has been improving in the last few weeks. A run of four consecutive victories in September helped them cement a place closer to the top four. As a result, Seattle Sounders remain in with a chance of reaching the MLS play-offs. After having failed to win in the last two games, it would be difficult for Seattle Sounders to make an impact in the Real Salt Lake match straight away but it would be their motivation.
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