Sounders Clint Dempsey ready for MLS Playoffs

The last time Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey played in playoff series was the 2015 Western Conference Semifinals round between the Sounders and FC Dallas.  FC Dallas advanced to the Western Conference Finals with a 4-2 win on penalties after a 3-3 aggregate.

Dempsey missed the final third of last season and the entire Sounders 2016 MLS  Cup winning run due to an irregular heart. The mercurial forward missed Sundays Leg1 0-0 draw in Vancouver due to a red card suspension in the Colorado game, one can see why Dempsey  is downright restless to take part in Thursday’s  ( 7:30 p.m.) winner take all game at CenturyLink Field

 

 

 

Without Dempsey, the Sounders managed just shot on goal in the goalless draw against the Whitecaps.  The Sounders were also without Jordan Morris and Victor Rodriguez. Osvaldo Alonso and Gustav Svensson entered the game as second-half subs. While Morris and Rodriguez will not participate in Thursday’s game, the addition of Dempsey, Alonso and Svensson should tip the game the Sounders way.

Dempsey scored a goal in Seattle’s 3-0 regular season win at CenturyLink Field on September 27th. Having Dempsey in the line up gives the Sounders a dynamic attack that makes it difficult to key on just one guy according to head coach Brian Schmetzer

“Clint makes us a more effective team, a more dangerous team,” said  Brian Schmetzer. “Instead of just keying on [Nicolás Lodeiro] or [Will] Bruin, now they have to deal with a third guy in the mix, who’s goal-dangerous.

 

Season Goal Leaders

Seattle Sounders FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Clint Dempsey 12 Fredy Montero 14
Will Bruin 11 Cristian Techera 7
Nicolás Lodeiro 7 Yordy Reyna 6

Season Stats

Seattle Sounders FC                                                                            Vancouver Whitecaps FC
35 Games Played 36
14 Wins 16
9 Losses 12
12 Draws 8
52 Goals 55
39 Goals Conceded 49
388 Shots 325
154 Shots on Target 140
339 Fouls committed 460
483 Fouls suffered 418
67 Offside 45
186 Corners 173

Goals Scored

0 1 2 3 4+ Total Avg
SEA 9 13 3 7 3 52 1.5
VAN 9 10 10 4 3 55 1.5

Goals Conceded

0 1 2 3 4+ Total Avg
SEA 14 9 7 4 1 39 1.1
VAN 9 11 11 4 1 49 1.4

 

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