Statistics only tell part of the story, but so far Clint Dempsey‘s don’t look so good with the Sounders.
355 minutes. 0 goals. 0 assists. Just three of his 18 shots have been on goal.
Dempsey, for one, isn’t concerned.
“I’m liking the touches that I’m getting, the chances that I’m creating,” he said. “I like the way in which I’m playing the game, but yeah, I’d like to be scoring goals and getting assists. I think that’s something that will eventually come. I’ve done that with every team that I’ve been on before, and those are the things that are lacking at the moment.”
Coach Sigi Schmid said after practice Tuesday that the lack of production is not something to worry about.
“I think his goals will come,” the coach added. “If he saves all his goals for the playoffs, I’m OK with that, too, because I think he’ll get his goals. He wants to do well, and anybody who is used to scoring goals, the pressure builds a little bit, but sometimes you just have to let the steam off a little bit and just relax. Somehow when you least expect it, all of a sudden it happens for you.”
Dempsey was asked if he feels like he’s been pressing to get that first goal or assist, and how he’s gone about trying to stay patient. Of course, one would expect the team going 7-1 since his signing and taking over first place helps.
“They’ll just come when they come,” Dempsey said. “All you can do is work hard. That’s all you can control. If I’m putting in a good shift every time I’m on the field, that’s all I can control. As long as you’re getting chances and creating chances for other people, those are the only ways that those things are going to happen for you. I feel like I’ve been doing that in games and it’s just a matter of time.”
You would expect optimism from the Sounders in a situation like this, and 355 minutes isn’t a large sample size, but what do you think?
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