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ASN Morning Read: Clint Dempsey Comes Back

...to practice, at least, which is a start; an American legend prepares to retire, playing her final game this evening; a young United States phenom does more phenom things; hype train, anyone?
BY Noah Davis Posted
September 14, 2016
7:55 PM
  • From the Seattle Times: Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, who has been sidelined since last month while undergoing evaluations on an irregular heartbeat, returned to practice on Wednesday morning at Starfire Sports. Dempsey has undergone an unspecified “procedure,” according to Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey, “to address some of the issues” associated with his irregular heartbeat. Though Dempsey has been cleared to return to training, he has not yet be cleared to play. Lagerwey is “cautiously optimistic” that Dempsey could return to action at some point this season—a sentiment echoed by interim coach Brian Schmetzer—but declined to provide even a rough timetable on when that might be. Lagerwey also would not elaborate on the nature of Dempsey’s medical procedure, citing privacy issues."

  • The U.S. men's national team is still No. 3 in CONCACAF.
  • Christian Pulisic started and got an assist in Borusssia Dortmund's 6-0 pasting of Legia Warsaw in the Champions League. Watch it here. He could have had more:
  • With all due respect to HoR, U.S. Soccer is missing the point here: "U.S. Soccer has communicated to Rapinoe that it thinks taking a knee would be disrespectful and that doing so would take attention away from Heather O’Reilly’s last game with the national team." The women play tonight at Crew Stadium (8pm ET).

  • But also, don't be late.

  • Also, in that bit from SI.com: The World Cup is almost definitely going to 40 teams in 2026. That's a terrible idea. 

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