Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey has been forced to withdraw from the U.S. men’s national team after suffering a right calf strain in during practice Wednesday morning. As a result, the USMNT captain won’t be available in friendlies against Scotland on Friday and Austria on Tuesday.
It has been a tough run of injuries for Dempsey since he signed with Seattle in August; he had issues with his hamstring and shoulder in his three months with the team before this latest setback.
The injury also comes after coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he was very much looking forward to getting Dempsey back into the team.
“We are excited to have Clint back. He’s our captain,” Klinsmann said recently in a Q&A with the federation website. “It was a huge transition for him going back into MLS, struggling with injuries, not having had a preseason with Seattle. He’s working his way back to full fitness and sharpness, and he looks good for us. The results didn’t work out the way he wanted them to be in Seattle, but we could see that he, step by step, is getting back in a rhythm, attacking the game and looking good. We’re excited to have him back and see him in our group again.”
You might Eddie Johnson also suffered an injury while training with the national team last month.
No replacement will be made to fill Dempsey’s place on the roster, or for Fabian Johnson, who was also forced to withdraw with an ankle injury.