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March 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Sigi Schmid: Sounders have been told Clint Dempsey is under review

If you missed it earlier, The Toronto Sun is reported Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey will be suspended two games stemming from action in Saturday’s game against Toronto FC. Here is what coach Sigi Schmid said on the issue after Wednesday’s practice:

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(There is a report that Clint Dempsey has been suspended for two games. What have you heard from the league?) “Well, there is nothing we can say officially at this stage, so we have to wait until the league makes an announcement.”

(Would you feel a suspension would be warranted for what you saw?) “That’s not my decision. If I was on the committee, I could tell you. But they don’t care what I think.”

(Have you heard from the league, though?) “We know that it’s being looked at and they’re going to come to a decision, yeah.”

(How much would it affect the team if that’s the decision?) “Obviously if you’re missing a player like Clint, that is an important piece of the puzzle for your team. At this stage, he’s player who when you look at minutes played is the most fouled player in the league. Our team is the most fouled team in the league. Hopefully that gets looked at a little bit or taken into account a little bit, as well. But he’s an important part of our team, for sure.”

(Do you think his status will be resolved before you get on the plane tomorrow?) “We’ve asked for it to be resolved before it’s time to get on the plane, yes.”

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