Clint Dempsey did not travel to Montreal, report says

Clint Dempsey was fouled six times against Toronto FC. - Mike Russell/Sounder at Heart

Alan Hinton apparently told KING-5 that the Seattle Sounders star will be suspended at least one game.

Whether or not his appeal was successful we still do not know, but it looks like the Seattle Sounders have chosen not bring Clint Dempsey to Montreal. At least, that's what Alan Hinton told KING-5.

This would not be particularly shocking news, as the Sounders acknowledged that the MLS Disciplinary Committee was considering action against Dempsey following Saturday's match against Toronto FC. Sounder at Heart has also learned that if the DC deems Dempsey to have committed a "violent act" that two games is the minimum suspension length. This is apparently a new wrinkle to DC rulings.

Dempsey's absence comes at a particularly inopportune time, as the Sounders star was coming off a pair of strong performances and was starting to develop quite a partnership with Obafemi Martins. The two Designated Players connected on 11 passes against Toronto FC and Martins picked up the primary assist on Dempsey's goal.

If you're looking for positives, it's that Dempsey could probably use the rest after spending most of the offseason on loan to Fulham. Olympic Stadium's turf is also notoriously bad -- even in comparison to the other artificial surfaces around the league -- so sitting out this game is probably not the worst thing. Of course, this also means Dempsey will likely have to sit out next week's game against the Columbus Crew before being eligible to return against the Portland Timbers.

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