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February 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Loan watch: Dempsey inactive again for Fulham, early return hasn’t been discussed

Clint Dempsey was inactive for the second game in a row for Fulham (I’ll update the score below when it goes final). I asked Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid on Wednesday what he has made of Dempsey’s loan from afar.

“Obviously Fulham is in a very difficult situation and the team has been struggling,” Schmid said. “For him, he got 120 minutes in the (FA Cup) game, and that’s the reason he was held out of the next game — because of those minutes. Me and Clint have been in communication with each other and talking with each other. He feels he is definitely getting there fitness-wise and he wants to be sharp when he comes back to here. But when you’re in a relegation battle, it’s very emotionally taxing.”

I followed up by noting that Dempsey was inactive again today and asked if his time might be better spent here with the Sounders the next couple weeks.

Schmid said they “haven’t really talked about that at this stage.”

Here is a game-by-game look at Dempsey’s loan:

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Date Opponent Competition Result Note
Jan. 1 vs. West Ham Premier League W, 2-1 Did not play, not available on bench
Jan. 4 at Norwich City FA Cup third round T, 1-1 Started, played full 90
Jan. 11 vs. Sunderland Premier League L, 4-1 Started, played 79 minutes
Jan. 14 vs. Norwich City FA Cup third round (replay) W, 3-0 Did not play, was available on bench
Jan. 18 at Arsenal Premier League L, 2-0 Started, played full 90
Jan. 25 at Sheffield United FA Cup fourth round T, 1-1 Did not play, not available on bench
Jan. 28 at Swansea City Premier League L, 2-0 Started, played 71 minutes
Feb. 1 vs. Southampton Premier League L, 3-0 Came off bench, played 25 minutes
Feb. 4 Sheffield United FA Cup fourth round (replay) L, 1-0 Started, played 120 minutes
Feb. 9 at Manchester United Premier League T, 2-2 Did not play, not available on bench
Feb. 12 vs. Liverpool Premier League L, 3-2 Did not play, not available on bench
Feb. 22 West Bromwich Albion Premier League

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