Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey was unavailable for the third-straight game of his Fulham loan Saturday, as the last-place Cottagers took a late goal and settled for a 1-1 tie against West Bromwich Albion (a game with big relegation implications).
Clearly the coaching change at Fulham (Felix Magath in, Rene Meulensteen out) did nothing to immediately improve Dempsey’s position in the squad, which looks to have been affected by the disappointing loss in the FA Cup.
Just one game of the loan remains, plus a potential March 5 friendly with the U.S. national team in the Ukraine, before his return to the Sounders.
Here is a game-by-game look at the loan:
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|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||vs. 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||at West Bromwich Albion||Premier League||T, 1-1||Did not play, not available on bench|
|Mar. 1||vs. Chelsea||Premier League||—|