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It didn’t take long for the Twittersphere to produce a crazy rumor after Sounders FC opened up a designated-player slot on the roster.
Here were a couple mentions of U.S. men’s national team star Clint Dempsey being linked to be a move to Seattle.
Coach Sigi Schmid addressed the rumor and more with Dave “Softy” Mahler on 950 KJR-AM on Thursday afternoon, saying: “We’re always interested in good players, first off and foremost. That’s the No. 1 thing our fans need to know: We’re always interested in good players. But right now there’s really nothing to it. There’s nothing to say.”
Schmid said that, as far as he knows, no contact has been made with Dempsey or his representation and later added: “You can never close the door on anything, but right now there’s nothing that’s nailed down and concrete.”
The coach did confirm that the team is looking to “add something significant” before the transfer window closes on Aug. 8. He noted that could be a midfielder or a withdrawn forward, but be “definitely somebody in the middle of the field.”
Be sure to listen to the full interview and offer your thoughts and interpretations in the comments section.