According to The Toronto Sun, Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey is facing a two-game suspension for actions in Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Toronto FC.
The report wasn’t specific as to what led to the punishment, but it is presumably for a low blow to TFC defender Mark Bloom that was a major talking point after the game.
No official announcement has been made by MLS.
Dempsey explained his side of the story of the Bloom incident on Saturday: “To be honest with you. I felt a hand on my back. I tried to hit it away and thought I was hitting his hand away. I understand that maybe I did catch him a little bit. I apologized to him about that, but for me, all I was trying to do was smack his hand from touching my back.”
There was other controversy surrounding Dempsey in that game — as captured in MLSsoccer.com’s Instant Replay — including a possible kick to Alvaro Rey and a tussle with Jackson, so it would seem possible those plays could have been involved in the decision process of the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
Dempsey would be set to miss Saturday’s road game at Montreal and a March 29 home game against Columbus. He first game back would be April 5 at Portland, likely following an April 2 friendly against Mexico with the U.S. national team.
— Kurtis Larson (@KurtLarSUN) March 19, 2014